Persistence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pig herds over a two year period

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2013-01-01
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van der Wolf, Peter
Meijerink, M.
Broens, E.
Graat, E.
Köck, R.
Friedrich, A.
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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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Aim of this study was to determine if a known MRSA contamination within a pig herd could persist for a period of two years. Material and Methods: 16 pig herds with a known MRSA contamination were asked to participate in this study. Per herd, five dust swabs (Sodibox®) were collected every two months for a period of two years. Samples were tested for presence of MRSA by culture and two PCR’s for confirmation of MRSA. Isolates were typed by spa- en MLVA-typing.

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