Posted On:3/14/2008 3:22pm
Style: creonte on hiatus
Original article at : http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080313/...QsAknGpdUE1vAI
By LINDA A. JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
Thu Mar 13, 7:12 PM ET
People struggling to get rid of recurrent staph infections might want to consider an often-overlooked source: the family pet. A German woman repeatedly battled the same strain of drug-resistant superbug MRSA until her cat was tested and treated. It's one of the few documented cases of transmission of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus between a person and a cat.
The otherwise healthy woman had deep abscesses, or boils, all over her back, said Dr. Andreas Sing, a microbiologist at the Bavarian Health and Food Safety Authority in Oberschleissheim near Munich. Nasal and other swabs from her husband and two children showed they carried the MRSA germ on skin but had no signs of infection.
Antiseptic washes and antibiotic nasal ointment killed the germ in the other family members, but the woman was still infected. Four weeks after the apparently healthy cat was treated with antibiotics, the woman was free of MRSA and her abscesses had all healed, Sing wrote in a brief report in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine.
"I think the woman infected the cat and the cat had it and might have reinfected the woman," Sing said in an interview.
Several previous cases of MRSA infections in dogs and their owners have been reported, as well as a cluster in pigs and farmers in the Netherlands, said Dr. Neil Fishman of the Infectious Diseases Society of America.
He said the problem is more common in people with weak immune systems and urged people to regularly wash up after handling pets.
This is an interesting angle on staph to be aware off. So, wash yourself slobs and don't infect your kittens, puppies and bunnies!!!
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Posted On:3/14/2008 3:33pm
Style: SAMBO/BJJ/Judo and others
Well that fucking sucks, another possible source of Staph infection in my home. From the article it didn't seem like they were 100% sure that it was the case and that the chances of getting staph in this manner is pretty slim.
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Posted On:3/14/2008 4:49pm
Style: karate / bjj
i'm sold. time to exterminate cats.
Posted On:3/14/2008 5:07pm
I'm actually not surprised, even though I never though of it before. One can get ringworm from a dog (and IIRC dogs get sick more often from illnesses passed by humans than the other way around.)
Make a bonfire and bring your cats people. Clubbing them to a pulp won't suffice.
Posted On:3/14/2008 9:50pm
Style: Se-Jong TKD
Now I don't feel like as much of a sucker for changing the litterbox when my wife was pregnant. :-)
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