Outbreak of skin infections in college football team members due to an unusual strain of community-acquired methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus

Jose Mario Fontanilla, Kathryn B. Kirkland, Elizabeth A. Talbot, Kenton E. Powell, Joseph D. Schwartzman, Richard V. Goering, Jeffrey Parsonnet

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We report a skin and soft-tissue infection outbreak among football team members due to a USA300 methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strain with genes coding for Panton-Valentine leukocidin and the arginine catabolic mobile element. We postulate that the strain is a community-associated USA300 MRSA strain that lost methicillin resistance but retained important virulence factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)609-611
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Clinical Microbiology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Microbiology (medical)

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