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

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  • Euro Surveill. First detection of livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in bulk tank milk in the United Kingdom, January to July 2012

    [Source: Eurosurveillance, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
    Eurosurveillance, Volume 17, Issue 50, 13 December 2012

    Rapid communications

    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<SUP>1</SUP>, J Larsen<SUP>2</SUP>, E M Harrison<SUP>1</SUP>, A R Larsen<SUP>2</SUP>, F J Morgan<SUP>1</SUP>, S J Peacock<SUP>3</SUP><SUP>,4</SUP>, J Parkhill<SUP>4</SUP>, R N Zadoks<SUP>5</SUP>, M A Holmes ()<SUP>1</SUP>
    1. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    2. Microbiology and Infection Control, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
    3. School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    4. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust, Cambridge, United Kingdom
    5. Moredun Research Institute, Penicuik, United Kingdom
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    Citation style for this article: Paterson GK, Larsen J, Harrison EM, Larsen AR, Morgan FJ, Peacock SJ, Parkhill J, Zadoks RN, Holmes MA. First detection of livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in bulk tank milk in the United Kingdom, January to July 2012. Euro Surveill. 2012;17(50):pii=20337. Available online: http://www.eurosurveillance.org/View...rticleId=20337
    Date of submission: 27 November 2012
    <HR>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.
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