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Emerg Infect Dis. 2012 Dec;18(12):2017-20. doi: 10.3201/eid1812.120238.

MRSA variant in companion animals.

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Institute of Microbiology and Epizootics, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany. walther.birgit@vetmed.fu-berlin.de

Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylocoocus aureus (MRSA) harboring mecA(LGA251) has been isolated from humans and ruminants. Database screening identified this MRSA variant in cats, dogs, and a guinea pig in Germany during 2008-2011. The novel MRSA variant is not restricted to ruminants or humans, and contact with companion animals might pose a zoonotic risk.

PMID:
23171478
PMCID:
PMC3557870
DOI:
10.3201/eid1812.120238
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