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Date: Oct. 2010
From: Future Microbiology(Vol. 5, Issue 10)
Publisher: Future Medicine Ltd.
Document Type: Article
Length: 478 words
Lexile Measure: 1490L

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Suppression of the [alpha]-hemolysin toxin produced by S. aureus results in less severe skin and soft tissue infections in mouse model

A group working at the University of Chicago (IL, USA) have completed new research suggesting that [alpha]-hemolysin (Hla) could be a potent therapeutic target in the fight against community-acquired Staphyloccus aureus (CA-SA) skin and soft tissue infections. These findings suggest that preventative drugs or a vaccine might be developed in the future to combat these infections.

Community-acquired S. aureus infections are usually skin and soft tissue infections that are often found in otherwise healthy individuals. Attention is usually directed at hospital-acquired methicillin resistant S. aureus and potentially deadly bloodstream S. aureus infections. Cases of CA-SA are on the...

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