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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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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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Spotting Infections

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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MRSA In Horses

Staphylococcus aureus can also be found in the nose, intestinal tract or skin of a small percentage of normal, healthy horses, although the frequency with which it is found varies [&hellip

How we have Helped

Zack Weeks-Brown is yet another Samoyed who contracted nosocomial MRSA, at a university vet hospital in February 2006. Fortunately, his surgical site was not involved, and he suffered “only” a [&hellip

Jill Beth Brown – Zack

My 7 year old Scottish Terrier, Jetson, developed a limp in his hind leg. At first it was just occasional and I just assumed he had some arthritis. Then one [&hellip

Cynthia – Jetson

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