Microbiology Congress 2018: The influence of livestock on human infections with LA-MRSA - Matjaz Ocepek - Institute of Microbiology and Parasitology
Infections caused by the methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are traditionally nosocomial, but recent reports have indicated an increased frequency of community acquired infections. Livestock associated MRSA (LA-MRSA) is often present in domestic animals, especially in pigs. Although LA-MRSA strains usually do not cause the disease in animals, they could serve as potential source for human infections. In Slovenia, the number of people colonized with LA-MRSA is increasing. Both human and animal samples in addition to environmental samples were collected from 16 farms in Slovenia, where at least one case of LA-MRSA was previously confirmed per family. All the obtained isolates were tested for their antimicrobial susceptibility with the micro dilution method for the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC). In addition, they were confirmed by the multiplex PCR for 16S rRNA, nuc, mecA, mecC and PVL genes.