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New strain of MRSA superbug may have spread from cattle to humans

Publié par Clifford Armion le 06/03/2011

Ian Sample

"Scientists in the UK have discovered a new strain of MRSA that appears to spread to humans from cattle and can cause life-threatening illness.

"The drug-resistant strain was identified in cows' milk during a study of the udder infection mastitis in dairy herds. It is the first time any form of the MRSA - or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus - has been found on British farms.

"The new strain of the "superbug" has caused a small number of serious blood infections and more minor conditions in people, but health officials have downplayed the risk to the general population because standard tests in UK hospitals should detect the organism.

"It is not known how the patients became infected with the new strain, but a likely route would be through contact with infected cattle or people who work with the animals."

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"New strain of MRSA superbug may have spread from cattle to humans", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2011. Consulté le 16/01/2021. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/new-strain-of-mrsa-superbug-may-have-spread-from-cattle-to-humans