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21 Dec 2012

Hong Kong, Vigilance urged against community-associated MRSA (December 21 2012)

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

Vigilance urged against community-associated MRSA

The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health today (December 21) called on the public to stay vigilant against infection by community-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA), a drug-resistant bacterium.

The appeal followed the CHP's investigation into a confirmed case of invasive CA-MRSA involving a 49-year-old man living in Wan Chai District.

The man, with an underlying medical condition, was admitted to Queen Mary Hospital on November 25 for stroke. His fever persisted after admission and he was later diagnosed as having pneumonia.

The tracheal aspirate specimen taken from the patient grew CA-MRSA. He is in stable condition now.

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. Their cases 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 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,


Ends/Friday, December 21, 2012
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