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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization and infection risks from companion animals: current perspectives

Authors Petinaki E, Spiliopoulou I

Received 28 June 2015

Accepted for publication 16 September 2015

Published 6 November 2015 Volume 2015:6 Pages 373—382


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Young Lyoo

Efthimia Petinaki,1 Iris Spiliopoulou2

1Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, University of Thessalia, Larissa, 2Department of Microbiology, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras, Greece

Abstract: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) remains one of the most virulent human pathogens and has also recently been recognized as such in the veterinary settings. Companion animals, including dogs, cats, horses, small exotic animals, wildlife animals, and livestock, may constitute a reservoir for MRSA transmission to humans and vice versa. The evolution, emergence, and risk factors for MRSA transmission among colonized or infected animals are reviewed in the present paper, and infection control practices are discussed.

Keywords: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, companion animals, close contacts

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