Dr Steven Tong presents ‘The unique epidemiology of community-associated MRSA in Australia and the Northern Territory’, on Monday 5 November from 12pm to 1pm.
Community-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) has become a prominent cause of skin and soft tissue infections in many parts of the world.
CA-MRSA emerged in Australia in the late 1980s and three originally recognised clones arose from geographically distinct regions, as has a newly described clone unique to tropical northern Australia. In his presentation, Dr Tong will describe the emergence of these clones, and hypothesise that conditions in socially disadvantaged populations, particularly remote Aboriginal communities, have facilitated this emergence.
His presentation will follow the story of CA-MRSA in Australia, and discuss the therapeutic and public health implications.
This seminar takes place in Seminar Room, Menzies School of Health Research, Building 58, Royal Darwin Hospital Campus.