A case of epididymitis associated with Panton–Valentine leukocidin Staphylococcus aureus
- 1Centre for Sexual Health, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe, UK
- 2Hull York Medical School, Hertford Building, University of Hull, Hull, UK
- Correspondence to Dr Malini Raychaudhuri, Centre for Sexual Health, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe DN15 7BS, UK;
Contributors MR planned the article and suggested the topic. PRC conducted the literature review. MR and PRC jointly drafted the manuscript, which was finally revised by MR.
- Accepted 26 February 2012
- Published Online First 22 March 2012
A new pattern of disease caused by Panton–Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-positive strains of Staphylococcus aureus is emerging in the UK and worldwide. Community-associated methicillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) is more likely to produce PVL, a pore-forming cytotoxin inducing leucocyte lysis, which often infects young healthy individuals. The worldwide emergence and continually increasing prevalence of community-acquired PVL–MRSA have recently attracted high-profile media attention and prompted concern regarding the transmissibility and virulence. This paper reports a case of genitourinary tract infection associated with PVL-positive community-associated MRSA in an immunocompetent young man.
- antenatal HIV
- antibiotic resistance
- antiretroviral therapy
- bacterial infection
- Panton–Valentine leukocidin
Competing interests None.
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