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Volume 15, Number 12—December 2009

Letter

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Marine Mammals

Meredith C. Faires, Erica Gehring, June Mergl, and J. Scott WeeseComments to Author 
Author affiliations: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (M.C. Faires, J.S. Weese); Niagara Falls Animal Medical Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada (E. Gehring, J. Mergl)

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MRSA colonization status of dolphins and walruses during 2007–2008*

Date No. (%) dolphins MRSA positive Identification nos. of MRSA-positive dolphins No. (%) walruses MRSA positive Identification nos. of MRSA-positive walruses
2007 Jan 2/6 (33.3) 2, 3 1/6 (16.7) 1
2007 Feb 2/6 (33.3) 2, 4 2/5 (40) 2, 3
2007 Apr 2/5† (40) 3, 5 0/6 (0) NA
2007 May 2/3 (66.7) 3, 5 0/6 NA
2007 Oct 1/5 (20) 3 0/5 NA
2008 May 1/5 (20) 3 NT NA
2008 Jul 0/5 NA NT NA
2008 Oct 0/5 NA NT NA

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; NA, not applicable; NT, not tested.
†Dolphin 2 died due to unknown circumstances.

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