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Interestingly, in any country, the types of MRSA found causing colonization or infection in pets are generally the same types found in the local human hospitals! This suggests that somehow the MRSA has come from the hospital to the animal – the primary source of MRSA in pets may be human hospitals.

Human Carriage

Approximately one third of people are carrying S. aureus around in their nose at any given time. Most of these do not have MRSA, as the staph they are carrying are methicllin-susceptible. The percentage of healthy people that are carrying MRSA at any given time is lower, with typical reports ranging from <1-5%, depending on the country and whether the person is at increased risk for encountering MRSA (i.e. working in a human hospital or veterinary clinic, working with pigs in areas where MRSA is in livestock, people that are frequently hospitalized or in longterm care…) The vast majority of people that are carrying MRSA never go on to develop an infection, but they are at increased risk of infection in certain situations, like if they require surgery.

Strains

In the UK (human) hospitals, most problems are caused by strains of MRSA called EMRSA-15 and EMRSA-16.

In North America, a strain called USA100 is most common in people in hospitals, although a strain called USA300 is common in people in the general population and in some hospitals.

All about infections

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MRSA in Farm Animals

In 2005, the first report on MRSA in pigs came from The Netherlands. A relation was found between MRSA positive persons and living on a pig farm or working with [&hellip

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Treatments

Infections can generally be treated successfully with a single course of antibiotics, which may come in the form of creams or ointments, injections, or tablets, and many infections will even [&hellip

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Skin Infections & Pyoderma

1. How significant is infected dermatitis to the overall health of a dog? Superficial bacterial skin infections or pyoderma rarely cause significant illness. The clinical signs include itching, pustules, scaling [&hellip

How we have Helped

18 months ago my beautiful black Labrador Brooke became ill with a cough and a massive ear infection. The ear infection responded to treatment BUT the cough never cleared. My [&hellip

Nicolla – Brooke

Update October 7th 2006 by Jill Moss – “I am so upset by the fact that after so many months of battling with all the very best care there could [&hellip

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