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Publication type: Journal Article
Document type: Full Paper

Year: 2009

Author(s): Fetsch, A; Tenhagen, BA; Guerra, B; Hertwig, S; Hammerl, JA; Kasbohrer, A; Braunig, J; Appel, B

Title: Risk assessment for IaMRSA in the food chain - molecular typing as a tool to answer epidemiological questions

Source: Deut Tierarztl Woch. 2009; 116(8): 291-296.

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Käsbohrer Annemarie

Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are wide spread among farm animals. People at higher risk of a colonisation and subsequent infection than the general population are those having direct contact to food-producing animals where MRSA is prevalent. The risk of public health threat caused by livestock-associated MRSA (IaMRSA) in the food chain is considered low although it cannot be quantified exactly yet. A wide range of people may be exposed via food however, the concentration of bacteria in the food items has been described to be low. Currently, there is no evidence for increased risk following contact or consumption of food (e. g. raw meat) contaminated by IaMRSA. Further research and investigation studies should be carried out in order to close knowledge gaps, mainly on transmission pathways and the epidemiology of the agent. Molecular typing of IaMRSA isolates will play an essential tool in these investigations.

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