Volume 80, Issue 3
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645


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 (MSSA) was identified in 15 patients (43%), Group A (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 (MRSA) is increasingly reported, although not identified in our study.


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  • Received : 02 Jun 2008
  • Accepted : 02 Dec 2008

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