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Are pig vets at increased risk of MRSA infection?
J. Sun, M. Yang, S. Sreevatsan and others
BMC Infectious Diseases (2017) 17, 690
What did the research find?
Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus (64 per cent) and meticillin-resistant S aureus (MRSA) (9.5 per cent) isolated from pig vets were higher than reported for the general US population (30 per cent and 1.5 per cent, respectively). However, although exposure to S aureus and persistent colonisation was common, it was rarely associated with causing disease.
How was it conducted?
Sixty-six pig vets self-collected nasal swabs and completed a survey monthly for 18 months to report recent exposure to pigs and other animals, the occurrence of work-related injuries, and any relevant health events such as skin and soft tissue infections. Nasal swabs were cultured to determine the presence of MRSA and meticillin susceptible S aureus.
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