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Meticillin-resistant staphylococci in companion animals
  1. Jane Heller, BSc, BVSc, MVetClinStud, MACVSc, PhD, DiplECVPH
  1. School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences, Charles Sturt University, Locked Bag 588, Wagga Wagga, NSW 2678, Australia
  1. e-mail: jheller{at}

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RECOGNITION of companion animals, in particular dogs and cats, as potential sources and reservoirs of resistant bacterial pathogens has increased in past years. Consequently, the emergence of resistant pathogens in companion animals is of concern, not only as a threat to animal health, but also to human health.

In the past 15 years, the literature addressing meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in dogs and cats has increased vastly. Numerous reports of clinical disease (Leonard and others 2006, Weese and others 2006), along with estimates of prevalence of carriage (Baptiste and others 2005, Rich and Roberts 2006, Vengust and others 2006) and infection (Rich and Roberts 2006, Abbott and others 2010) in various countries and regions have populated the literature, along with a small number of studies …

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