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Public Health England. (2019) Wound infection. London: Public Health England. 5 p.

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Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus or “Staphaureus”) and Streptococcus pyogenes (commonly referred to as Group A Streptococcus or GAS) are bacteria found in the nose, throat, skin, groin or anal area. People may carry these bacteria and have no symptoms of illness. However, infection can occur when these bacteria enter the body via a wound (including a drug injecting site), sore or a break in the skin. The infection can be caused by a person’s own bacteria or bacteria acquired from someone else or from the environment including through contact with contaminated surfaces and objects like soft furnishings, bedding or towels. These bacteria can be passed from person-to-person through direct contact or through breathing in respiratory droplets from someone carrying the bacteria, as well as through sharing drug paraphernalia (such as injecting equipment, spoons, filters, pipes to smoke drugs etc). Drugs or their wraps can also be contaminated with bacteria.

Item Type:Evidence resource
Drug Type:Opioid
Intervention Type:AOD disorder harm reduction
Source:Public Health England
Date:September 2019
Pages:5 p.
Publisher:Public Health England
Corporate Creators:Public Health England
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:G Health and disease > Pathologic process > Inflammation or infection
G Health and disease > Disorder by cause > Communicable disease > Bacterial disease
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Substance use prevention > Substance use harm reduction
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education > Communicable disease control
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Patient care management
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health care delivery
T Demographic characteristics > Intravenous / injecting drug user
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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