Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
Print version ISSN 1413-8670
LUNA, Carlos M; RODRIGUEZ-NORIEGA, Eduardo; BAVESTRELLO, Luis and GOTUZZO, Eduardo. Treatment of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Latin America. Braz J Infect Dis [online]. 2010, vol.14, suppl.2, pp.119-127. ISSN 1413-8670. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-86702010000800007.
The global spread of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) means it is now a pathogen of worldwide public health concern. Within Latin America, MRSA is highly prevalent, with the proportion of S. aureus isolates that are methicillin-resistant on the rise, yet resources for managing the infection are limited. While several guidelines exist for the treatment of MRSA infections, many are written for the North American or European setting and need adaptation for use in Latin America. In this article, we aim to emphasize the importance of appropriate treatment of MRSA in the healthcare and community settings of Latin America. We present a summary of the available guidelines and antibiotics, and discuss particular considerations for clinicians treating MRSA in Latin America
Keywords : MRSA; treatment; antibiotic therapy; Latin America.