Characterization of three Staphylococcus aureus isolates from a 17-year-old female who died of tampon-related toxic shock syndrome

Yi-Wei Tang, Eric Himmelfarb, Marcia Wills, Charles W Stratton
Journal of Clinical Microbiology 2010, 48 (5): 1974-7
We report the identification and characterization of three Staphylococcus aureus isolates recovered from throat and vaginal cultures, as well as from an axillary abscess, of a 17-year-old female who died of tampon-related toxic shock syndrome. The three S. aureus isolates were unrelated as determined by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The vaginal isolate was mecA, Panton-Valentine leukocidin, and staphylococcal enterotoxin B and C negative, toxic shock syndrome toxin 1 positive, and staphylococcal cassette chromosome mec element (SCCmec) untypeable, which was consistent with the clinical and autopsy findings that death was due to tampon-related toxic shock syndrome.

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