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Antimicrobial Resistance
Meticillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in companion animals
  1. Stephen Steen
  1. Abbey Veterinary Services, 89 Queen Street, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 2BG
  1. e-mail stephen{at}

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AS a microbiologist in a diagnostic veterinary laboratory, I am aware of the increasing numbers of meticillin-resistant strains of Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP)-associated infections I see on an annual basis. Unlike meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which most often appears to be associated with post-surgical wound infections, the great majority of MRSP isolates I see are in dogs and cats with skin problems, often following prolonged courses of antimicrobial therapy.

In a letter to Veterinary Record (May 5, 2007, vol 160, pp 635–636), I and a colleague suggested that MRSP may pose a greater challenge to the control of opportunistic infection in animals than MRSA, and this would appear to be the …

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