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dc.contributor.advisorCohn, Leah A.eng
dc.contributor.authorKottler, Stephanie J.eng
dc.date.issued2008eng
dc.date.submitted2008 Falleng
dc.descriptionThe entire dissertation/thesis text is included in the research.pdf file; the official abstract appears in the short.pdf file (which also appears in the research.pdf); a non-technical general description, or public abstract, appears in the public.pdf file.eng
dc.description"December 2008"eng
dc.descriptionThesis (M.S.) University of Missouri-Columbia 2008.eng
dc.description.abstract[ACCESS RESTRICTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AT REQUEST OF AUTHOR.] A higher prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) colonization has been reported in healthcare workers than in non-healthcare workers. We hypothesized that the prevalence of MRSA colonization is higher in people and pets in households with veterinary or human healthcare workers than in households without healthcare workers. Swab samples from humans and pets were cultured. Staphylococcus aureus were identified as methicillin-sensitive (MSSA) or MRSA based on mecA PCR. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis was used to characterize relatedness of isolates harvested from colonized humans and pets in the same household. Complete sample sets were obtained from 586 households including 213 from non-healthcare, 211 from veterinary healthcare, and 162 from human healthcare households. The prevalence of MSSA and MRSA in humans was 21.5% (126/586) and 5.63% (33/586), respectively. In pets, the prevalence was 7.85% (46/586) and 3.41% (20/586), respectively. In < 1.0% (4/586) of households, the same strain of MRSA was found in both a person and a pet. No association was found in humans or pets between colonization with MSSA or MRSA and type of household. Pets colonized with S. aureus were as likely as people colonized with S. aureus to be colonized with MRSA. Colonization of a person and their pet with the same strain of MRSA was rare.eng
dc.description.bibrefIncludes bibliographical references.eng
dc.identifier.merlinb70559193eng
dc.identifier.oclc427376290eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.32469/10355/6066eng
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10355/6066
dc.languageEnglisheng
dc.publisherUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
dc.relation.ispartofcommunityUniversity of Missouri-Columbia. Graduate School. Theses and Dissertations. Theses. 2008 Theseseng
dc.rightsAccess is limited to the campus of the University of Missouri--Columbia.eng
dc.subject.lcshStaphylococcus aureuseng
dc.subject.lcshStaphylococcus aureus infections -- Transmissioneng
dc.subject.lcshMethicillin resistanceeng
dc.subject.lcshPets -- Diseaseseng
dc.subject.lcshMedical personnel -- Diseaseseng
dc.subject.lcshAnimal specialists -- Diseaseseng
dc.subject.lcshZoonoseseng
dc.titlePrevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA carriage in three populationseng
dc.typeThesiseng
thesis.degree.disciplineVeterinary biomedical sciences (MU)eng
thesis.degree.grantorUniversity of Missouri--Columbiaeng
thesis.degree.levelMasterseng
thesis.degree.nameM.S.eng


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