EFSA - MRSA prevalence estimates in the EU, 2008

The European Union prevalence of MRSA positive holdings with breeding pigs, as estimated based on the results from the 24 participating Member States, was 22.8%.
Tuesday 24 November 2009 (8 years 2 months 28 days ago)
The European Union prevalence of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) positive holdings with breeding pigs, as estimated based on the results from the 24 participating Member States, was 22.8%. MRSA ST398 was the predominant MRSA lineage identified in the holdings with breeding pigs in the European Union, counting for 92.5% of the MRSA isolates.

The results were analysed separately for breeding holdings and production holdings, due to the expected differences in MRSA occurrence in those types of holdings. Twelve of the 24 Member States isolated MRSA in breeding holdings, which resulted in a European Union prevalence of breeding holdings positive for MRSA and for MRSA ST398 of 14.0% and 13.1%, respectively. Prevalence varied widely among the Member States, from 0% to 46.0%.

The most frequently isolated spa-types belonging to MRSA ST398 were t011, t108 and t034. In addition, spa-types belonging to MRSA non-ST398 were detected in production holdings and, to a lesser extent, in breeding holdings. In particular, spa-types belonging to lineages ST5, ST8, and ST132, which are spa-types known in human medicine, were each isolated in different production holdings. Colonisation of pigs with MRSA ST398 has been identified as an occupational health risk for farmers, veterinarians and their families.

http://www.efsa.europa.eu/EFSA/efsa_locale-1178620753812_1211903070127.htm

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