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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

doi: 10.1186/s12879-017-2802-1

  • 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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