30 Jan 2013

Hong Kong, CHP urges vigilance against community-associated MRSA (January 30 2013)

[Source: Centre for Health Protection, Hong Kong PRC SAR, full page: (LINK).]

CHP urges vigilance against community-associated MRSA

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (January 30) called on the public to be vigilant against infection by community-associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), a drug-resistant bacterium.

The appeal was made following the CHP's investigation into a confirmed case of invasive CA-MRSA involving an 82-year-old man living in Kwai Tsing.

The man, with an underlying medical condition, presented with fever and shortness of breath since January 15. He sought medical consultation at Princess Margaret Hospital the following day and was admitted for further treatment. His clinical diagnosis was pneumonia. His sputum specimen grew CA-MRSA. His current condition is stable.

He has no recent travel history.

MRSA is a type of Staphylococcus aureus that is resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics. It is a common infection worldwide.

In recent years, many countries have observed MRSA infections in healthy individuals who have not been hospitalised or stayed in other health-care facilities or institutions, nor received medical procedures in the year before the onset of symptoms. They are known as CA-MRSA infections and usually have special patterns of antibiotic resistance.

It is widely recognised that indiscriminate use of antibiotics may contribute to antibiotics resistance, a CHP spokesman said.

People are advised not to use antibiotics without professional medical advice. If they are advised by doctors to take antibiotics, they should take the medicine according to the prescribed frequency and dosage. People should observe good personal hygiene including washing hands with liquid soap frequently.

For further information on CA-MRSA, please visit the CHP website, www.chp.gov.hk.

Ends/Wednesday, January 30, 2013
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