J Pediatr Infect Dis 2006; 01(01): 007-015
DOI: 10.1055/s-0035-1557064
Review Article
Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart – New York

The epidemic of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization and infection in children: Implications for community and hospital practice

Kevin Purcell
a  Driscoll Children's Hospital, Corpus Christi, Texas, USA
Jaime Fergie
b  Texas A&M University College of Medicine Temple, Texas, USA
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16 November 2005

16 December 2005

Publication Date:
28 July 2015 (online)


Community-acquired methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CAMRSA) colonization and infection has emerged as a serious health problem in children. The epidemic of CAMRSA as a cause of noninvasive and invasive infections has required a change in empiric antibiotic therapy to assure appropriate coverage. The control and prevention of CAMRSA infections is important, but there is very little evidence-based information to guide physicians providing care to children in the outpatient and inpatient settings.