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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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Testing for MRSA

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MRSA In Horses

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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

Thanks to Bella Moss Foundation I’m feeling much better, I had a serious infection in my ear and bladder but my friends at the Bella Moss Foundation got their vets [&hellip

Hendricks

On the 15th Febuary 2005 my 9 year old Weimeraner bitch Tarka, had to have an emergency operation for bloat. All went well! How relieved we were. Then a couple [&hellip

Trish and Terry Salisbury – Tarka

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