MRSA in animals and humans: occurrence and control

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    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus
    (MRSA) is an important causative agent of nosocomial infections. Animals can play a role in the transmission of MRSA to humans. In 2003, a livestock
    associated variant of MRSA (LA-MRSA) was found
    in livestock, and therewith animals became more
    important as a reservoir for MRSA infections. In
    this paper we will give a short overview on the occurrence in animals – especially livestock – and humans of both the human associated MRSA and the
    LA-MRSA. Furthermore, the risk factors for transmission and colonisation of animals and humans by
    animals will be discussed. Reduction of transmission of MRSA-infections in animals should focus on
    the prudent use of antimicrobials and consistent
    application of hygienic measures. Moreover, the
    structure of livestock husbandry must change thoroughly, so that the transmission of infections is reduced. Selected future research questions to give
    more insight into the measures for prevention will
    be presented.
    Original languageEnglish
    Number of pages7
    JournalWiener Tierarztliche Monatsschrift
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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