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J Hosp Infect. 1988 Jul;12(1):29-34.

Cross-infection between animals and man: possible feline transmission of Staphylococcus aureus infection in humans?

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  • 1Department of Microbiology, University College Hospital, London.


An outbreak of epidemic methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus occurred on a rehabilitation geriatric ward. Intensive screening of patients and staff revealed an unusually high carriage rate in the nursing staff (38%), thought to be related to a ward cat which was heavily colonized from the environment. Infection control measures and removal of the cat led to rapid resolution of the outbreak.

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