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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isolated from a veterinary surgeon and five dogs in one practice
  1. F. C. Leonard, MVB, PhD1,
  2. Y. Abbott, MIScT1,
  3. A. Rossney, BA, PhD, FIBMS2,
  4. P. J. Quinn, MVB, PhD1,
  5. R. O’Mahony, BSc, PhD1 and
  6. B. K. Markey, MVB, PhD1
  1. 1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland
  2. 2National MRSA Reference Laboratory, St James’s Hospital, James’s Street, Dublin 8, Ireland


Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) was isolated from five dogs with wound discharges after surgical procedures at a veterinary practice, and MRSA with similar molecular and phenotypic characteristics was isolated from the nares of one veterinary surgeon in the practice. The pulsed-field gel electrophoresis patterns of all the isolates were indistinguishable from each other and from the most common human isolates of MRSA in Ireland.

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