PVL - Staph. Aureus

PVL - Staph. Aureus

PHE

Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) is a toxin produced by 20.8-46% of S. aureus from boils/abscesses.  PVL strains are rare in healthy people but severe.

Suppression Therapy: Should only be started after primary infection has resolved as ineffective if lesions are still leaking.

Risk factors for PVL: Recurrent skin infections, invasive infections, MSM, if there is more than one case in a home or close community (school children, military personnel, nursing home residents, household contacts)