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Volume 12, Number 12—December 2006

Research

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Veterinary Doctors and Students, the Netherlands

Mireille Wulf*Comments to Author , Arie van Nes†, Andrea Eikelenboom-Boskamp*, Janneke de Vries*, Willem Melchers*, Corné H. Klaassen‡, and Andreas Voss*‡
Author affiliations: *Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, Nijmegen, the Netherlands; †Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands; ‡Canisius Wilhelmina Hospital, Nijmegen, the Netherlands

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Table 1

Main characteristics of veterinary students and veterinarians, the Netherlands

Characteristics Veterinary students, n = 80, no. (%) Veterinarians, n = 99, no. (%)
Mean age (range), y 26 (23–41) 43 (27–60)
Male 24 (30) 83 (83)
Professional contact limited to livestock 49 (63) 72 (73)
Professional contact limited to companion animals 27 (32) 0
Professional contact with livestock and companion animals 4 (5) 27 (27)
Contact with cows 48 (60)* 83 (83)†
Contact with pigs 37 (47) 72 (72)†
Contact with sheep Not known 36 (36)†
Contact with pets at home 52 (65) 81 (81)
Risk factors for MRSA carriage‡ 1 (1.2) 1 (1)

*Regular contact in past 3 months.
†Regular part of practice and/or regular contact in the past 6 months.
‡MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

*Regular contact in past 3 months.
†Regular part of practice and/or regular contact in the past 6 months.
‡MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

*Regular contact in past 3 months.
†Regular part of practice and/or regular contact in the past 6 months.
‡MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

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