[Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: emerging community dissemination]

An Bras Dermatol. Sep-Oct 2009;84(5):501-6. doi: 10.1590/s0365-05962009000500009.
[Article in Portuguese]


Staphylococcus aureus is responsible for a broad variety of infectious diseases. The main concern is about methicillin-resistant isolates (MRSA), which are usually limited to hospitals. In recent years, community associated or acquired MRSA infections (CA-MRSA) have been frequently reported and emerged in the world. Some phenotypic and genotypic characteristics are distinct between hospital and community infection. Currently, there is reduced sensibility profile to different antimicrobials, reason why it is necessary to issue an alert to healthcare professionals, dermatologists in particular, about the importance of knowing the differences between the infections, preventing wrong and unsuccessful empirical therapy.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / epidemiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology