Staphylococcus Aureus Virulence

January 1, 2003
Naomi Pfeiffer

Naomi Pfeiffer is a medical writer based in Brooklyn, New York.

San Diego - Ominous episodes of furunculosis due to an unusual strain of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) appeared suddenly among a classroom of third-grade students in a Swiss village. Some boils were so severe and painful the children had to be hospitalized for surgical drainage and IV antibiotics, a Swiss/French research team reported at the recent Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.