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Record number 405302
Title Transmission of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus among pigs during transportation from farm to abattoir
Author(s) Broens, E.M.; Graat, E.A.M.; Wolf, P.J. van der; Giessen, A.W. van de; Jong, M.C.M. de
Source The Veterinary Journal 189 (2011)3. - ISSN 1090-0233 - p. 302 - 305.
Department(s) Quantitative Veterinary Epidemiology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2011
Keyword(s) salmonella-typhimurium - rapid infection - high prevalence - risk-factors - netherlands - mrsa - exposure - workers - swine
Abstract The prevalence of methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pigs at abattoirs is higher than in pigs sampled on farms. This study investigated whether MRSA negative pigs can become MRSA positive during transportation from the farm to the abattoir after exposure to other pigs and environmental sources of MRSA. Nasal swabs were collected from four batches of pigs during loading at the farm, on arrival at the abattoir and after stunning. Environmental wipes were taken from lorries after transporting pigs and from lairages after holding pigs. All pigs (n = 117) tested MRSA negative before transportation. On arrival at the abattoir, 12/117 (10.3%) pigs in two batches tested MRSA positive. In lorries that tested positive after transportation, the prevalence of MRSA positive pigs was 21.1%, whereas no MRSA was detected in pigs that had been transported in lorries that tested negative after transportation. At stunning, all batches and 70/117 (59.8%) pigs tested MRSA positive. Pigs can become MRSA positive in the short period of time during transportation from the farm to stunning at the abattoir
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