Monday, 6 May 2013

MRSA st398 (cc398) carried by veterinarians

The latest version of this Dutch paper has just been published. You can reach it via the abstract here

From Defra, Britain's corrupt agricultural ministry and the associated vetocracy, there will doubtless be a continuation of the decade long defiant silence, disinformation and criminal neglect of their responsibilities to both livestock and public health.

Dynamics and Determinants of Staphylococcus aureus Carriage in Livestock Veterinarians: a Prospective Cohort Study


Background. Since 2003, a new clade of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) belonging to clonal complex (CC) 398 and associated with animal husbandry has emerged in the Netherlands. The purpose of this study was to determine the dynamics of carriage in persons with direct contact to livestock...

...Conclusions. A high proportion of veterinarians had persistent MRSA CC398 carriage during the two-year study period, indicating that this variant may colonize humans for prolonged periods. Furthermore, prevalence of S. aureus carriage was extremely high, indicating that MRSA CC398 is not replacing the susceptible strains, but comes on top of it.