Evaluation of pet contact as a risk factor for carriage of multidrug-resistant staphylococci in nursing home residents.

@article{GandolfiDecristophoris2012EvaluationOP,
  title={Evaluation of pet contact as a risk factor for carriage of multidrug-resistant staphylococci in nursing home residents.},
  author={Paola Gandolfi-Decristophoris and Anna De Benedetti and Christiane Petignat and Monica Attinger and Jan Guillaume and Lena Fiebig and Jan Hattendorf and Nicole Cernela and Gertraud Regula and Orlando Petrini and Jakob Zinsstag and Esther Schelling},
  journal={American journal of infection control},
  year={2012},
  volume={40 2},
  pages={128-33}
}
BACKGROUND Pets, often used as companionship and for psychological support in the therapy of nursing home residents, have been implicated as reservoirs for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. We investigated the importance of pets as reservoirs of multidrug-resistant (MDR) staphylococci in nursing homes. METHODS We assessed the carriage of MDR staphylococci in pets and in 2 groups of residents, those living in nursing homes with pets and those living without pet contacts. We collected demographic… CONTINUE READING