Evidence for Human Adaptation and Foodborne Transmission of Livestock-Associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus

Jesper Larsen, Marc Stegger, Paal S. Andersen, Andreas Petersen, Anders R. Larsen, Henrik Westh, Yvonne Agersø, Alexandra Fetsch, Britta Kraushaar, Annemarie Kaesbohrer, Andrea T. Fessler, Stefan Schwarz, Christiane Cuny, Wolfgang Witte, Patrick Butaye, Olivier Denis, Marisa Haenni, Jean-Yves Madec, Eric Jouy, Frederic LaurentAntonio Battisti, Alessia Franco, Patricia Alba, Caterina Mammina, Annalisa Pantosti, Monica Monaco, Jaap A. Wagenaar, Enne de Boer, Engeline van Duijkeren, Max Heck, Lucas Dominguez, Carmen Torres, Myriam Zarazaga, Lance B. Price, Robert L. Skov

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We investigated the evolution and epidemiology of a novel live-stock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus strain, which colonizes and infects urban-dwelling Danes even without a Danish animal reservoir. Genetic evidence suggests both poultry and human adaptation, with poultry meat implicated as a probable source.
Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Infectious Diseases
Issue number10
Pages (from-to)1349-1352
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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  • MRSA
  • foodborne transmission
  • host adaptation
  • livestock
  • poultry
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases


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