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Fatal community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia after influenza

Steven Y C Tong, Nicholas M Anstey, Gary D Lum, Rachael A Lilliebridge, Dianne P Stephens and Bart J Currie
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (1): 61.
Published online: 7 January 2008

To the Editor: The report by Risson and colleagues of a fatal case of necrotising pneumonia caused by community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA)1 appropriately highlights the emerging issue of CA-MRSA infections in Australia,2 and the possibility that severe S. aureus sepsis may follow recurrent furunculosis. We wish to draw attention to the association between severe staphylococcal pneumonia and a preceding influenza-like illness.

  • Steven Y C Tong1,2
  • Nicholas M Anstey1,2
  • Gary D Lum3
  • Rachael A Lilliebridge1
  • Dianne P Stephens2
  • Bart J Currie1,2

  • 1 Infectious Diseases Division, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, NT.
  • 2 Royal Darwin Hospital, Darwin, NT.
  • 3 Microbiology Laboratory, Northern Territory Government Pathology Service, Darwin, NT.

Correspondence: tongsyc@gmail.com

Acknowledgements: 

Steven Tong is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Training Scholarship (No. 436033).

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