Pets and Owners May Share MRSA Bacteria

People infected with the superbug methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) may pass the bacteria to their pets, a new study suggests. What’s more, MRSA may “hide” on pets, which might allow the animals to pass the bacteria back to their owners, although more studies are needed to confirm this, the researchers said. Pets “may serve as a reservoir for ongoing transmission [of MRSA] in the household,” said study co-author Dr. Stephanie Fritz, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, who presented the findings here at IDWeek2015, a meeting of several organizations focused on infectious diseases.

October 17, 2015 2:32 am

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