Thursday, February 9, 2012

Occurrence and distribution of Staphylococcus aureuslineages among zoo animals

Original Research Article

In Press, Accepted Manuscript, Available online 2 February 2012

Carmen Espinosa-Gongora, Dorota Chrobak, Arshnee Moodley, Mads Frost Bertelsen, Luca Guardabassi


The current knowledge of the occurrence and diversity of Staphylococcus aureus in animals is largely biased in favour MRSA and domestic animals. In order to generate novel information on the ecology and population structure of this bacterial species in the animal kingdom, we investigated the occurrence and genotypic diversity of S. aureus in a range of animal species kept at the Copenhagen Zoo. We sampled 146 animals belonging to 25 mammalian species and 21 reptiles belonging to six species. A total of 59 S. aureus isolates were found in 10 of the 25 mammalian species tested. All isolates were MSSA belonging to fourteen spa types, including three novel spa types. MLST revealed the occurrence of seven STs. The study of the ecology of commensal S. aureus in captive wild animals revealed that ST133 has a broader host range than previously thought.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

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Monday, April 18, 2011

Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in US Meat and Poultry