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Volume 21, Number 6—June 2015

Dose-Response Relationship between Antimicrobial Drugs and Livestock-Associated MRSA in Pig Farming1

Alejandro Dorado-GarcíaComments to Author , Wietske Dohmen, Marian E.H. Bos, Koen M. Verstappen, Manon Houben, Jaap A. Wagenaar, and Dick J.J. Heederik
Author affiliations: Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands (A. Dorado-García, W. Dohmen, M.E.H. Bos, K.M. Verstappen, J.A. Wagenaar, D.J.J. Heederik); Wageningen UR, Lelystad, the Netherlands (J.A. Wagenaar); PorQ BV, Son, the Netherlands (M. Houben).

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Table 1

Characteristics of farms in a study of the dose–response relationship between antimicrobial drug use and livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in pig farming, the Netherlands, 2011–2013

Type of farm* No. farms Median no. (interquartile range)
Sows Fatteners
350 (270–550)
773 (0–1,950)
Open 22 337 (300–500) 500 (0–1,300)
Farrowing† 9 533 (350–800) 0
Farrow-to finish
314 (242–380)
1,100 (600–2,010)
Closed 14 407 (232–698) 1,400 (450–2,725)
Farrowing† 3 439 (239–905) 0
Farrow-to finish 11 367 (200–673) 1,892 (1,025–2,950)

*Farms were defined as open when they received external supplies of gilts ≥1 time per year from at least 1 supplier and as closed when they received no external supply of gilts.
†No fattening pigs present.

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1Preliminary results from this study were presented at the 3rd American Society for Microbiology–European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ASM-ESCMID) Conference on Methicillin-resistant Staphylococci in Animals: Veterinary Public Health Implications, 2013 November 4–7, Copenhagen, Denmark (oral presentation, speaker abstract S7:3); and at the Society for Veterinary Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine annual meeting, 2014 March 26–28, Dublin, Ireland (poster presentation).

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