Short communication: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus detection in US bulk tank milk.

@article{Virgin2009ShortCM,
  title={Short communication: methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus detection in US bulk tank milk.},
  author={Joanna Virgin and T M Van Slyke and Jason E. Lombard and R N Zadoks},
  journal={Journal of dairy science},
  year={2009},
  volume={92 10},
  pages={4988-91}
}
Staphylococcus aureus is a major cause of mastitis in dairy cattle. This study estimated the herd prevalence of methicillin-resistant Staph. aureus (MRSA) among US dairy herds by testing bulk tank milk (BTM) samples using genotypic and phenotypic methods. A nationally representative sample of 542 operations had BTM cultured for Staph. aureus, and 218 BTM samples were positive upon initial culture. After 4 wk to 4 mo of frozen storage, 87% of 218 samples (n = 190) were still culture positive for… CONTINUE READING
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