Association between Staphylococcus aureus strains carrying gene for Panton-Valentine leukocidin and highly lethal necrotising pneumonia in young immunocompetent patients

@article{Gillet2002AssociationBS,
  title={Association between Staphylococcus aureus strains carrying gene for Panton-Valentine leukocidin and highly lethal necrotising pneumonia in young immunocompetent patients},
  author={Y. Gillet and B. Issartel and P. Vanhems and J. Fournet and J. Etienne},
  journal={The Lancet},
  year={2002},
  volume={359},
  pages={753-759}
}
BACKGROUND Between 1986 and 1998, eight cases of community-acquired pneumonia due to Staphylococcus aureus strains carrying the gene for the Panton-Valentine leukocidin (PVL) were recorded in France, six of which were fatal. We aimed to assess the clinical features of these eight cases, and those of other cases identified prospectively, and to compare them with the characteristics of patients with pneumonia caused by PVL-negative strains. METHODS We compared eight retrospective and eight… Expand
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