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Man and woman flu

Healy, Brendan, Barnes, Rosemary Ann, Hope-Gill, Ben, Ramanujam, Sangeetha and Baboolal, Kesh 2006. Man and woman flu. British Journal of Hospital Medicine 67 (12) , pp. 668-669.

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This article presents two cases of Staphylococcus aureus pneumonia in young adults with evidence of preceding influenza B virus infection. One isolate carried the Panton-Valentine leucocidin (PVL) gene that has been associated with highly lethal necrotizing pneumonia in young immunocompetent patients (Gillet et al, 2002). This provides a timely reminder of one of the complications of influenza, highlights the importance of starting empirical antibiotics active against S. aureus for influenza-associated pneumonia (e.g. during a flu pandemic) and discusses the association of the PVL gene with severe pneumonia.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Medicine
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Publisher: MA Healthcare Ltd
ISSN: 0007-1064
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:25

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