Pyoderma outbreak among kindergarten families: Association with a Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-producing S. aureus strain

Rasmus Leistner, Axel Kola, Petra Gastmeier, Renate Krüger, Pia-Alice Hoppe, Sylke Schneider-Burrus, Irina Zuschneid, Nicoletta Wischnewski, Jennifer K. Bender, Franziska Layer, Michaela Niebank, Carmen Scheibenbogen & Leif G. Hanitsch
Objectives: We report on an outbreak of skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) among kindergarten families. We analyzed the transmission route and aimed to control the outbreak. Methods: The transmission route was investigated by nasal screening for Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL)-producing Staphylococcus aureus (PVL-SA), subsequent microbiological investigation including whole genome sequencing and a questionnaire-based analysis of epidemiological information. The control measures included distribution of outbreak information to all individuals at risk and implementation of a Staphylococcus...
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