Skin and soft tissue infections in returning travelers.Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2009 Mar; 80(3):431-4.AJ
Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) are a leading cause of cutaneous problems in travelers. Sixty travelers who presented with an SSTI were prospectively included over a 20-month period. Bacterial analysis and research for Panton-Valentine leukocidine (PVL) were performed according to clinical and bacterial presentation. The SSTI appeared abroad in 73% and were predominantly localized on lower limbs (75%). The main clinical forms were impetigo (35%) and cutaneous absess (23%). Insect bites were significantly associated with impetigo and ecthyma. Methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) was identified in 15 patients (43%), Group A Streptococcus (GAS) in 12 patients (34%), and an association of both in 8 (23%) among the 35 patients for whom bacteria were identified. The MSSA producing PVL were found in 4 patients. Travelers should be advised on how to prevent arthropod exposure and susceptibility testing should be recommended considering that methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) is increasingly reported, although not identified in our study.