MRSA with a Novel mecA Homologue

Mary E. Wilson, MD


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These findings should prompt a broader search for similar isolates in other geographic areas and a review of the tests used in many laboratories to identify or confirm the presence of MRSA. Much evidence suggests a possible animal origin for these staphylococci, which clearly can cause disease in both humans and animals. The authors note that pasteurization would kill any MRSA found in milk, but individuals who have close contact with cattle could be at increased risk for carriage.


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