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Risk factors for acquiring resistant infections

Animals, like people, are more likely to acquire resistant infections under particular circumstances.

The main factors are; long hospital stays, invasive procedures (particularly those that involve prolonged surgery), use of implants and prolonged use of other in-dwelling equipment such as catheters, underlying medical conditions that impair the immune system, use of antibiotics known to be implicated in the emergence of resistant strains, and a history of repeated difficult-to-treat infections.

It is also true that there seems a strong likelihood that veterinary staff, like healthcare staff, have a higher occupational risk of carrying MRSA. It is also perfectly possible that veterinary premises may be more likely to harbour resistant bacteria than the regular home, but this only becomes significant if personal and environmental hygiene within a practice is below standard.

MRSA, MRSP and other antibiotic-resistant bacteria are posing an increasing risk to animals and humans. The Bella Moss Foundation is at the forefront of efforts to combat these organisms. The work of the Foundation to bring vets, scientists and the public is invaluable. Their work in collating and disseminating practice information and advice is unique, and of worldwide importance."

Dr Tim Nuttall, BSc BVSc PhD CertVD CBiol MIBiol MRCVS, Senior Lecturer in Veterinary Dermatology. The University of Liverpool Faculty of Veterinary Science. http://www.liv.ac.uk/vets/

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Skin Infections & Pyoderma

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Bugs Explained

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Viruses vs Bacteria

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Flash – March 14, 2000 – November 7, 2006 Flash was born in 2000. He was neutered at age 2 and has had urinary tract problems ever since. He may [&hellip

Carol Fisher – Flash

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