PVL

Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) is a toxin produced by 4.9% of S. aureus from boils/abscesses. This bacteria can potentially cause severe invasive infections in healthy people; if found suppression therapy should be given (as per MRSA decolonisation regime). Send swabs if recurrent boils/abscesses – providing clinical details + “?PVL Staph aureus” At risk: close contact in communities or sport; poor hygiene.