MRSA spa type t899 from food animals in the UK

Meenaxi Sharma, Manal AboOun, Javier Nunez-Garcia, Jon Rogers, David Welchman, Christopher Teale, Muna Anjum*, Angela Kearns, Brune Pichon, G Foster, Andrew Robb, Marion McMillan

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We report on the detection of a strain of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria with zoonotic potential identified in the UK for the first time. Livestock-associated meticillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA), clonal complex (CC) 398 is predominantly asymptomatic in livestock, with infrequent reports of opportunistic infections in farm workers. LA-MRSA CC398, spa type t899, was detected from UK animals, harbouring prophage φSa3-immune evasion cluster (IEC) genes, sak, scn and chp, markers for human adaptation, which have been absent from previously reported UK CC398 animal strains.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)697-698
Number of pages2
JournalVeterinary Record
Issue number24
Early online date15 Jun 2018
Publication statusPrint publication - 16 Jun 2018

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