Biocide and antibiotic resistance in staphylococcal isolates from household pets.
The aim of the study was to compare biocide/antibiotic resistance in coagulase-positive staphylococci isolated from household pets. A total of 136 strains of MRSA, 48 strains of meticllin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) and 96 strains of Staphylococcus intermedius were obtained from household pets in a U.K. veterinary diagnostic laboratory. A generally higher level of resistance to antibiotics was seen amongst the MRSA isolates compared to the MSSA isolates. Surprisingly resistance to biocides (especially triclosan) was found to be more prevalent in MSSA than in MRSA.. Statistical analysis showed no significant evidence to link biocide/antibiotic resistance in coagulase-positive staphylococci isolated from household pets. European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. 18th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Abstract number: R2297.
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