Methicillin-resistant and -susceptible Staphylococcus aureus sequence type 398 in pigs and humans

Alex Belkum, Damian Melles, Justine Peeters, Willem Leeuwen, E van Duijkeren, XW Huijsdens, E Spalburg, AJ de Neeling, Henri Verbrugh

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Abstract

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sequence type 398 (ST398 MRSA) was identified in Dutch pigs and pig farmers. ST398 methicillin-susceptible S. aureus circulates among humans at low frequency (0.2%) but was isolated in 3 human cases of bacteremia (2.1%; p = 0.026). Although its natural host is probably porcine, ST398 MRSA likely causes infections in humans.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Pages (from-to)479-483
Number of pages5
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Volume14
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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