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Until the 1990s, most cases of MRSA in humans were caused by strains found in hospitals. These types were therefore called “Hospital-Associated” MRSA or “Healthcare-Associated” MRSA (HA-MRSA). These types of strains do not seem to spread easily in the community outside of the hospital, but are frequently resistant to large numbers of different antibiotics. They tend to affect older people or people with conditions that compromise their immune systems.

In the late 1990s, strains of MRSA behaving very differently were identified. They were resistant to fewer antibiotics, but could cause disease in people of all ages and did seem to spread in the community – hence being named Community-Associated MRSA (CA-MRSA). In the USA, one strain of CA-MRSA called USA300 has been causing particular problems and is now the commonest cause of skin and soft tissue infections presenting to Emergency Departments.

Presently, HA-MRSA seems to cause most MRSA infections in animals. CA-MRSA has only infrequently been associated with animals to date.

All about infections

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MRSP

What are MRSP and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius? Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a bacterium that is commonly found on the skin or in the nose or intestinal tract of 50% of more of [&hellip

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Bugs Explained

Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is only one of a number of bacteria that can be resistant to lots of different antibiotics. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a relatively common finding in long-standing [&hellip

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Viruses vs Bacteria

The differences between bacteria and viruses Author – Elaine Pendlebury BA BSc  BVetMed DMS MRCVS  Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science & Welfare) PDSA Bacteria (singular is bacterium) are one celled living organisms [&hellip

How we have Helped

My daughter Kass, (15yrs) had what looked like a spider bite on her arm. Over a few days time it looked very infected and swollen so I took her to [&hellip

Cathy Conner – Chloe

My dog Kaylee was attacked by another dog, and contracted MRSA through her open wounds.  Our vets were doing all they could, but the infection was too strong.  I looked [&hellip

Amanda – Kaylee

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