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Skin and soft tissue infections in the military
  1. Lucy Lamb1 and
  2. M Morgan2
  1. 1Department of Infection and Immunity, Imperial College London, Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK
  2. 2Department of Microbiology, Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust, Exeter, UK
  1. Correspondence to Maj Lucy Lamb, MA MRCP(UK) DTM&H, Infectious Diseases and Immunity, Imperial College London, 8N8 Commonwealth Building, Hammersmith Hospital, Du Cane Road, London W12 0NN, UK; DrLucyLamb{at}


Skin and soft tissue infections (SSTI) are common in military populations regularly living and training in close contact with each other. The majority of such infections are simple and can be easily treated with antibiotics and appropriate infection control practices. Some, however, can progress to become complex and even life threatening, such as Panton-Valentine Leukocidin (PVL)-associated staphylococcus aureus pneumonia, or Streptococcus pyogenes necrotising fasciitis, which carry a mortality rate of up to 65% and 30%, respectively. This review focuses on the most important SSTIs and those more commonly affecting military personnel with advice on how they are best managed.

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