Prevalence and molecular characteristics of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in organic pig herds in The Netherlands

N. Bondt, L.P.L. van de Vijver, P. Tulinski, D. Mevius, C. Verwer

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Abstract

The prevalence of the methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) among conventional pig herds in the Netherlands is high (around 71%). Nevertheless, information about the prevalence of MRSA among organic pig herds is lacking. Here, we report a study on 24 of the 49 organic pig herds in the Netherlands. The prevalence of MRSA positive herds showed to be 21%. The genetic characteristics of the MRSA isolates were similar to MRSA CC398 described in conventional pigs except one exceptional HA-MRSA CC30 found in one herd, which was presumably caused by human to animal transmission. This resulted in a prevalence of MRSA CC398 in the organic herds of 16.7%.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-345
JournalZoonoses and Public Health
Volume61
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Keywords

  • livestock-associated mrsa
  • sequence type 398
  • transmission
  • strains
  • farms

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