First detection of livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus Aureus CC398 in bulk tank milk in the United Kingdom, January to July 2012

G. K. Paterson, J. Larsen, E. M. Harrison, A. R. Larsen, F. J. Morgan, S. J. Peacock, J. Parkhill, R. N. Zadoks, M. A. Holmes

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Abstract

Livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus belonging to clonal complex 398 (LA-MRSA CC398) is an important cause of zoonotic infections in several countries, but there is only a single published report of this lineage from the United Kingdom (UK). Here, we describe the isolation of LA-MRSA CC398 from bulk tank milk from five geographically dispersed farms in the UK. Our findings suggest that LA-MRSA CC398 is established in livestock in the UK. Awareness of the potential occupational risks and surveillance in other food-producing animal species should be promoted.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume17
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes

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