High prevalence of nasal MRSA carriage in slaughterhouse workers in contact with live pigs in The Netherlands
Cleef, B.A.G.L. van; Broens, E.M. ; Voss, A. ; Huijsdens, X.W. ; Züchner, L. ; Benthem, B.H.B. van; Kluytmans, J.A.J.W. ; Mulders, M.N. ; Giessen, A.W. van de - \ 2010
Epidemiology and Infection 138 (2010)5. - ISSN 0950-2688 - p. 756 - 763.
resistant staphylococcus-aureus - methicillin-resistant - humans - involvement - infections - origin - cc398 - st398 - pork - meat
Livestock-associated MRSA has been found in various animals, livestock farmers and retail meat. This study aimed to determine the prevalence and determinants of nasal MRSA carriage in pig slaughterhouse workers. Three large pig slaughterhouses in The Netherlands were studied in 2008 using human and environmental samples. The overall prevalence of nasal MRSA carriage in employees of pig slaughterhouses was 5·6% (14/249) (95% CI 3·4–9·2) and working with live pigs was the single most important factor for being MRSA positive (OR 38·2, P