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Vet Microbiol. 2010 Jan 27;140(3-4):418-29. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.01.039. Epub 2009 Feb 5.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in veterinary medicine.

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  • 1Department of Pathobiology, Ontario Veterinary College, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, N1G2W1, Canada.


Staphylococci are important opportunistic pathogens in most animal species. Among the most relevant species are the coagulase positive species Staphylococcus aureus and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius. Methicillin resistance has emerged as an important problem in both of these organisms, with significant concerns about animal and public health. The relative importance of these staphylococci on different animal species varies, as do the concerns about zoonotic transmission, yet it is clear that both present a challenge to veterinary medicine.

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