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Volume 16, Number 1—January 2010


Methicillin-Resistant and -Susceptible Staphylococcus aureus Infections in Dogs

Meredith C. FairesComments to Author , Michelle Traverse, Kathy C. Tater, David L. Pearl, and J. Scott Weese
Author affiliations: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada (M.C. Faires, D.L. Pearl, J.S. Weese); University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA (M. Traverse); Angell Animal Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts, USA (K.C. Tater)

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Table 4

Clinical outcome characteristics for dogs with MRSA and MSSA infections, United States and Canada, 2001–2007*

Variable MRSA, no. (%) dogs, n = 40 MSSA, no. (%) dogs, n = 80† Odds ratio (95% CI) p value
Surgery required because of infection
No 24 (60) 46 (57.5) Ref
16 (40)
34 (42.5)
0.89 (0.37–2.12)
Discharged 36/39 (92.3) 69/77 (89.6) Ref
Euthanized 3/39 (7.7) 8/77 (10.4) 0.63 (0.06–4.10) 0.71

*MRSA, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; MSSA, methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus; CI, confidence interval; Ref, referent category. Dogs with MRSA (case-patients) and MSSA (controls) infections were matched for veterinary referral hospital and date of admission.

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