Community-associated methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus infections in israel*

Alon Nevet, Shai Ashkenazi, Zmira Samra, Gilat Livni

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Background: Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus infections are increasingly being documented worldwide. In Israel, however, CA-MRSA infections have not yet been reported, so awareness among physicians may be low. Objective: To alert physicians to the possibility of CA-MRSA infection, which necessitates a distinct therapeutic approach. methods: We present three children with soft tissue infections caused by CA-MRSA who were treated in our medical center from January to March 2009. Results: In all three cases CA-MRSA was identifed as the causative pathogen after surgical or spontaneous drainage. On susceptibility testing, the organisms were resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics but susceptible to clindamycin, rifampicin and trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole. Conclusions: Physicians should maintain an index of suspicion for CA-MRSA infections. The antibiotic-resistance profle of S. aureus should be watched carefully, and in particular, cultures should be obtained whenever soft tissue infections fail to respond to conventional treatment.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)428-430
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Clindamycin
  • Soft tissue infection
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Vancomycin


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