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Humans and Companion Animals Harbor the Same Types of MRSA

Tuesday, May 13, 2014  
Posted by: Emily Becker
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Infection Control Today

A shared population of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria circulates both in humans and companion animals, according to a study published this week in mBio┬«, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology. "Our study demonstrates that humans and companion animals readily exchange and share MRSA bacteria from the same population," says senior author Mark Holmes, senior lecturer in preventive veterinary medicine at the University of Cambridge in England. 

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