PVL S. Aureus

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PVL stands for Panton-Valentine leukocidin which is a cytotoxin. It has been said that the occurrence of PVL is due to the increased virulence of several strains of Staphylococcus aureus.


Abscesses should be drained, infection control where in patients should be screened for S. aureus carriage, MRSA decolonisation may be performed to get rid of skin or upper respiratory carriage. N.B. screening is also done to make sure recovery of S. aureus independent of their susceptibility to meticillin.


It is usually treated with some kinds of penicillin and erythromycin.

Symptoms and Signs

Usually the symptoms are cellulites and skin infections with pus like boils. In very uncommon cases symptoms can be serious persistent infections.


The PVL can be generated by both meticillin resistant and meticillin sensitive strains of S. aureus.

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