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No Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Dairy Goats

National Veterinary Institute, 751 89 Uppsala, Sweden
Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, Linköping University, 581 83 Linköping, Sweden
Public Health Agency of Sweden, 171 82 Solna, Sweden
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Dairy 2021, 2(1), 65-70;
Received: 24 October 2020 / Revised: 7 January 2021 / Accepted: 15 January 2021 / Published: 23 January 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Infectious Diseases in Dairy Animals)
This short communication addresses the hypothesis that the prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is low in dairy goats in Sweden. Methicillin-resistant S. aureus is a widespread zoonotic bacterium of clinical importance in both animals and humans. In Sweden, MRSA is rare among both animals and humans. However, MRSA has been detected in a few goat herds in Sweden with a high within-herd occurrence of mecC-MRSA, but only a limited number of herds were investigated and most of them were not producing milk for human consumption. The prevalence of MRSA among dairy goat herds in Sweden is not known and a cross-sectional prevalence study was therefore conducted. A total of 22 bulk milk samples from the same number of herds, and pooled swabs from nose, mouth, and perineum from 113 goats, were collected during August and September 2019 for bacteriological investigation. After culturing on selective media, suspected isolates were confirmed as S. aureus using MALDI-TOF and subjected to PCR targeting the mecA and mecC genes to confirm MRSA status. No samples were found to be positive for MRSA, and there are therefore no indications of a spread of MRSA in Swedish dairy goat herds. View Full-Text
Keywords: MRSA; caprine; milk; AMR; mecC MRSA; caprine; milk; AMR; mecC
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Persson, Y.; Börjesson, S.; Myrenås, M.; Pedersen, K. No Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Dairy Goats. Dairy 2021, 2, 65-70.

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Persson Y, Börjesson S, Myrenås M, Pedersen K. No Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Dairy Goats. Dairy. 2021; 2(1):65-70.

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Persson, Ylva, Stefan Börjesson, Mattias Myrenås, and Karl Pedersen. 2021. "No Detection of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Dairy Goats" Dairy 2, no. 1: 65-70.

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