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Volume 11, Number 12—December 2005

Dispatch

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Companion Animals

Keith E. Baptiste*, Kerry Williams†Comments to Author , Nicola J. Willams*, Andrew Wattret*, Peter D. Clegg*, Susan Dawson*, John E. Corkill†, Turlough O'Neill*, and C. Anthony Hart†
Author affiliations: *University of Liverpool, Leahurst, United Kingdom; †Royal Liverpool University Hospital, Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Isolate test results for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)*

No. sampled No. samples positive for MRSA† (%)
Other (clinical) No. samples positive for MR-CNS† (%)
Nasal Perineum Skin
Dogs
Clinical cases 3 1 1 1 Joint and pleural fluid, feces NT NT NT
SAH 32 0 0 0 2 (6) 1 (0) 0
Community 22 0 0 0 1 (5) 0 0
Cats
SAH 26 0 0 0 0 0 0
Community 24 0 0 0 1 (5) 1 (5) 0
SAH veterinary staff 11 3 (27) NT NT NT NT NT
Horses
Clinical cases 3 1 NT 1 Pleural and joint fluid NT NT NT
PLEH 67 8 (12) 0 2 (3) 6 (9) 3 (5) 5 (8)
Community 40 0 0 0 12 (30) 0 1 (3)
PLEH Veterinary staff 12 0 NT NT NT NT NT

*SAH, small animal hospital; PLEH, Philip Leverhulme Equine Hospital; NT, not tested; MR-CNS, methicillin-resistant, coagulase-negative staphylococci.

†Some animals were positive for >1 body site.

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