MRSA transmission between cows and humans

E. Juhasz-Kaszanyitzky, S. Janosi, P. Somogyi, A. Dan, L. van der Graaf-van Bloois, E. van Dulijkeren, J.A. Wagenaar

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    We isolated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) from cows with subclinical mastitis and from a person who worked with these animals. The bovine and human strains were indistinguishable by phenotyping and genotyping methods and were of a low frequency spa type. To our knowledge, this finding indicates the first documented case of direct transmission of MRSA between cows and humans.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)630-632
    JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


    • resistant staphylococcus-aureus
    • methicillin-resistant
    • strains
    • animals
    • clones
    • pcr

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