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Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin and Soft Tissue Infections: Management and Prevention

  • Luke F. ChenEmail author
  • Cody Chastain
  • Deverick J. Anderson
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Abstract

Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) was a rare phenomenon until the past decade; now CA-MRSA is endemic in many communities and is the most common cause of skin and soft tissue infections presenting to emergency rooms. CA-MRSA is distinct from its hospital-acquired counterpart, and has caused devastating infections in many healthy individuals. The epidemiology of CA-MRSA continues to evolve, and the challenge is to use the most appropriate and effective therapeutic and preventative strategies against this pathogen. This article reviews the current epidemiology of CA-MRSA, its definitions, and common clinical manifestations in the community. The article also summarizes current therapeutic options for CA-MRSA as well as strategies to reduce the transmission and the impact of CA-MRSA in both community and health care settings.

Keywords

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus MRSA, Community-acquired CA-MRSA Skin and soft tissue infection Decolonization Management Prevention Treatment 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke F. Chen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Cody Chastain
    • 2
  • Deverick J. Anderson
    • 1
  1. 1.Program for Infection Prevention and Healthcare Epidemiology, Division of Infectious Diseases and International Health, Department of MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA
  2. 2.Department of MedicineDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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