Prevalence of and risk factors for MRSA carriage in companion animals : A survey of dogs, cats and horses

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Author(s)

  • A. Loeffler
  • D. U. Pfeiffer
  • J. A. Lindsay
  • R. J. Soares Magalhães
  • D. H. Lloyd

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1019-1028
Journal / PublicationEpidemiology and Infection
Volume139
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

We investigated the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) carriage in a convenience sample of purposely selected populations of dogs, cats and horses in the Greater London area. Swabs from carriage sites were pooled, enriched and processed by standard bacteriological methods. The presence of nuc and mecA was confirmed for MRSA. Risk factors were investigated among veterinary treatment group animals using exact logistic regression analysis. Twenty-six (1.53%) MRSA carriers were identified in the 1692 animals (15/704 dogs, 8/540 cats, 3/152 horses). Animals presenting for veterinary treatment more frequently carried MRSA than healthy animals (OR 7.27, 95% CI 2.18-24.31, P

Research Area(s)

  • Carriage, companion animals, MRSA, prevalence, risk factors

Citation Format(s)

Prevalence of and risk factors for MRSA carriage in companion animals : A survey of dogs, cats and horses. / Loeffler, A.; Pfeiffer, D. U.; Lindsay, J. A.; Magalhães, R. J. Soares; Lloyd, D. H.

In: Epidemiology and Infection, Vol. 139, No. 7, 07.2011, p. 1019-1028.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review