Case report of a child with influenza and fatal community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sepsis

Bruno Cruz Boettger Thais Freitas Teles Rezende Nathalia Bibiana Teixeira Antonio Carlos Campos Pignatari Carlos Roberto Veiga Kiffer About the authors


In the present study, we report the incidence of septic shock syndrome associated with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a child who initially presented influenza-like illness and developed septic shock shortly after 48 h of hospitalization, and eventually died within a few hours of the onset of sepsis. S. aureus isolated from the blood culture was characterized as the community-associated strain carrying the staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec (SCCmec) type IV element. Therefore, it is important to better understand the community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections and their potential association with influenza for early diagnosis and successful treatment of this fatal disease.

Staphylococcus aureus; Methicillin resistance; Influenza virus

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