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Knowledge of Panton–Valentine leukocidin–associated Staphylococcus aureus infections among paediatric registrars in England
  1. H R Freeman,
  2. F A Hutchings,
  3. S C Marriage
  1. Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Bristol, UK
  1. Correspondence to Helen R Freeman, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS2 8BJ, UK; Helen.Freeman{at}

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Panton–Valentine leukocidin (PVL), a staphylococcal cytolytic exotoxin, has been associated with a rapidly progressing necrotising pneumonia with reported mortalities of up to 75%.1 2 PVL gene carriage is relatively uncommon in the UK,3 but the association of PVL-producing Staphylococcus aureus (PVL+S aureus) with severe disease led the UK Health Protection Agency to publish guidance on the recognition and management of PVL+S aureus infection.4 We surveyed paediatric registrars to assess knowledge of this organism and the …

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  • Funding No funding was received for this survey/letter.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.