Prevalence of MRSA CC398 in pig holdings

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2011-01-01
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Brase, Katja
Harlizius, Jürgen
Schulte-Wülwer, J.
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International Conference on the Epidemiology and Control of Biological, Chemical and Physical Hazards in Pigs and Pork
Iowa State University Conferences and Symposia

The SafePork conference series began in 1996 to bring together international researchers, industry, and government agencies to discuss current Salmonella research and identify research needs pertaining to both pig and pork production. In subsequent years topics of research presented at these conferences expanded to include other chemical and biological hazards to pig and pork production.

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a major cause of healthcare- and community-associated infections worldwide. MRSA has emerged in pigs. Within the framework of the Euregio project SafeGuard VetMed-net, dust samples and nasal swabs were collected in the Euregio in 2009 and 2010. Mostly found are CC 398 Livestock-associated (LA)-MRSA. The prevalence of MRSA on pig farms in the Euregio is higher, than the overall prevalence in Germany as indicated by a recent EFSA report. Spa types t011and t034 are still predominant. Using a dust sampling method, 59% of all pig holdings were affected. Among 103 MRSA isolates seven different spa types were found, including t011, t034, t2510,, t1456 and t108, t588, t1606. All MRSA found were associated with CC398.

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