Public Health Protection Unit (PHPU) Investigation and Management of Panton Valentine Leukocidin (PVL-SA)

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Abstract

Panton - Valentine Leukocidin (PVL) is a cytotoxin produced by some Staphylococcus aureus (SA) which destroys white blood cells and predominantly causes skin and soft tissue infections. Rarely, it can cause necrotising haemorrhagic pneumonia and other invasive infections. There is not a strong evidence base on which to base policy; this policy draws on national guidance and local agreements and aims to prevent and control PVL Staph aureus (PVL-SA) infections.

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