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

Gavin Paterson, Jesper Larsen, Ewan M Harrison, Anders Rhod Larsen, F J E Morgan, Sharon J Peacock, Julian Parkhill, Ruth Zadoks, Mark A. Holmes

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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
Pages (from-to)20337
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume17
Issue number50
Publication statusPublished - 13 Dec 2012

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