Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in indigenous communities in Canada

William H. Abelson, Anna Banerji, Lola T. Baydala, Radha Jetty, Heide M. Schroter, Jill M. Starkes, Sam K. Wong, Simon Brascoupé, Elizabeth Ford, Carolyn Harrison, Kathy Langlois, Lisa Monkman, Kelly R. Moore, Melanie Morningstar, Eduardo Vides, Cathy Winters, James Irvine, Kent Saylor

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    Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) infections have emerged as a significant issue in some Indigenous communities (including First Nations, Inuit and Métis) in Canada. Primarily associated with skin and soft-tissue infections, this organism can also result in significant morbidity and mortality. Canadian and American guidelines for managing CA-MRSA infections have been published. The specific epidemiology, microbiology and susceptibility patterns, and the social/environmental circumstances of CA-MRSA infections in Indigenous communities need to be considered for strategies to reduce transmission. While reducing household crowding and improving in-home potable water supply are optimal strategies to reduce the impact of this illness, implementing Canadian guidelines along with increased prevention strategies are recommended as interim measures.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)395-398
    Number of pages4
    JournalPaediatrics and Child Health (Canada)
    Issue number7
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


    • Canada
    • Community-acquired infections
    • Indigenous populations
    • Methicillin-resistant S. Aureus (MRSA)
    • SSTI


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