Special Issue "Resistant Staphylococci in Animals"

A special issue of Veterinary Sciences (ISSN 2306-7381).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Assoc. Prof. Bryan Markey
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Guest Editor
School of Veterinary Medicine, Room 036, Veterinary Sciences Building, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
Interests: Mycobacterium avium subsp. paratuberculosisin cattle; Chlamydia abortus infection of sheep; methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in animals
Assoc. Prof. Finola Leonard
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Guest Editor
School of Veterinary Medicine, Veterinary Sciences Centre, University College Dublin, Dublin 4, Ireland
Interests: antimicrobial use and resistance; pig health; MRSA; bovine Staphylococcus aureus mastitis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Veterinary practitioners are encountering staphylococcal resistance with increasing regularity in the animals under their care.  These cases present significant challenges in terms of obtaining successful treatment outcomes and dealing with potential zoonotic transmission.  Methicillin resistance associated with the mec gene, carried on the mobile genetic element staphylococcal chromosome cassette mec (SCCmec), is an important antimicrobial resistance mechanism in staphylococci. This gene is responsible for production of an altered penicillin binding protein (PBP2a) that provides resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics including penicillins, potentiated penicillins, and most cephalosporins and carbapenems.  Of particular concern in veterinary medicine and public health is the emergence and spread in animals of livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP).

In this Special Issue, we will present articles dealing with antimicrobial resistance in Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus pseudintermedius, Staphylococcus schleiferi subspecies coagulans and coagulase negative staphylococci (CoNS), the infections that these important bacteria cause in veterinary species, and their public health importance. 

Assoc. Prof. Bryan Markey
Assoc. Prof. Finola Leonard
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • Staphylococci
  • antimicrobial resistance
  • methicillin-resistance
  • MRSA
  • MRSP
  • mec gene

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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