Journal article

The prevalence of carriage of meticillin-resistant staphylococci by veterinary dermatology practice staff and their respective pets.

Daniel O Morris, Raymond C Boston, Kathleen O'Shea, Shelley C Rankin

Vet Dermatol | Published : 2010

Abstract

It has been shown that people and pets can harbour identical strains of meticillin-resistant (MR) staphylococci when they share an environment. Veterinary dermatology practitioners are a professional group with a high incidence of exposure to animals infected by Staphylococcus spp. The objective of this study was to assess the prevalence of carriage of MR Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), MR S. pseudintermedius (MRSP) and MR S. schleiferi (MRSS) by veterinary dermatology practice staff and their personal pets. A swab technique and selective media were used to screen 171 veterinary dermatology practice staff and their respective pets (258 dogs and 160 cats). Samples were shipped by over-night car..

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