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Case of community-associated MRSA infection under CHP investigation

     The Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health is today (May 12) investigating a case of community-associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infection affecting a woman aged 85, and hence appealed to members of the public to stay vigilant against CA-MRSA.

     The patient, with underlying illnesses, was admitted to a private hospital on April 8 after she slipped and fell. She subsequently developed a chest infection on April 14 and passed away on April 28 due to pneumonia.

     Her tracheal aspirate yielded CA-MRSA upon laboratory testing by the CHP's Public Health Laboratory Services Branch.

     She had no recent travel history and her household contact has remained asymptomatic.

     The CHP investigation is ongoing.

     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, or received medical procedures in the year before the onset of symptoms. The 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 spokesman for the CHP 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.

     The public may visit the CHP's CA-MRSA page ( for further information and preventive advice.

Ends/Monday, May 12, 2014
Issued at HKT 18:15


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