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J Antimicrob Chemother. 2012 Feb;67(2):326-9. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkr499. Epub 2011 Dec 6.

A USA300 variant and other human-related methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strains infecting cats and dogs in France.

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Agence Nationale de Sécurité Sanitaire (Anses), Lyon, France. marisa.haenni@anses.fr

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To characterize methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) clinical strains from cats and dogs in France, and to compare the clones identified with the distribution of French human MRSA.

METHODS:

Susceptibilities to antimicrobials were assessed by disc diffusion. Resistance and virulence genes were screened using a microarray-based assay. Isolates were additionally characterized by SmaI macrorestriction analysis and spa typing.

RESULTS:

From 2006 to 2010, the proportion of MRSA infections in pets in France was low (1.8%), but most isolates (87.0%, 20/23) belonged to human clones. The most common clones were the Lyon clone (69.6%, 16/23), the livestock-associated CC398 (13.0%, 3/23) and the Geraldine clone (8.7%, 2/23). Interestingly, we report the first USA300 clone infecting a European dog, which was probably imported by a US patient.

CONCLUSIONS:

Over a 5 year period, the proportion of MRSA infections in pets appears low (<2%) in France, but the distribution of the clones mostly mirrors the epidemiology of human invasive clones. These data highlight the role of pets as both victims and reservoirs of endemic, epidemic and/or invasive MRSA.

PMID:
22146878
DOI:
10.1093/jac/dkr499
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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