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Wed, Oct 31 | By Matt Van Hoven | 256

According to vets, the super-infection commonly known as MRSA has been found in a number of household pets. The staph-infection has mostly been seen in humans in the last few months, and a number of deaths have resulted from the outbre… more ›

Super-infection MRSA Now in Pets, Docs Say
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Mary G.
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Mary G.
5 years ago

This story simply does not provide enough information about MRSA in humans and in animals to be really useful or informative. Just raises questions.

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Barbara K.
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Barbara K.
6 years ago

This is a scary problem. I thought it was just in people which is scary enough. Now we have to worry about our pets too!

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Jessica
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Jessica
6 years ago

Wow. I had no idea pets could carry this virus! Scary!

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

Interesting. Thanks for the info.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
6 years ago

Super bugs on the move!

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Jamie
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Jamie
6 years ago

I read or watch the news and I sometimes think, I never want to leave the safety of my home.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

it does seem a lot safer there doesn't it?

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penny m.
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penny m.
6 years ago

Odd, but I saw MRSA first here in Lynchburg in a friend's cat. He almost had a leg amputated but was treated with lengthy iv antibiotics. Several months later we began hearing about human cases in the area and even more months later my friend's boyfriedn developed it.
gotta wonder which came first here.

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Theresa
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Theresa
6 years ago

I guess it all goes back to when Mom always said WASH YOUR HANDS!

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marlyn p.
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marlyn p.
6 years ago

MRSA is not "crossing over" to humans from pets.
Its not that its not preventable. Wash your hands.

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Tami T.
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Tami T.
6 years ago

Well, this is disturbing news!

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Shirley B.
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Shirley B.
6 years ago

Mrsa crossing over to humans is terrible. Takes some of the pleasure away from playing with our pets.

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karen
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karen
6 years ago

Interesting article. Generally, health care workers are immune to MRSA due to years of staph exposure. Didn't know that this could cross over into animals....

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Felicia
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Felicia
6 years ago

how scary

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Beaglemutz
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Beaglemutz
6 years ago

You want to live your life and take your pet places but you almost just want to curl up and stay home, just in case.

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Margene  W.
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Margene W.
6 years ago

Good hygiene habits are SO important-not just when you hear about diseases spreading, but all the time.I don't mean that you have to be scared or paranoid-just cautious.Example:I always remember having to wash my hands after handling food,and especially after using the restroom.I am amazed at how many people I see leaving the restroom without washing and are not teaching the next generation-their children-to wash up.Everyone is always in too big of a hurry.

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Dee
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Dee
6 years ago

This is really scary, it is rampant

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Ahughes
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Ahughes
7 years ago

We just had a case of this in our school. MANY families are freaking out!

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Amanda V.
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Amanda V.
7 years ago

It is somthing everyone needs to be aware of and watch out for them and there pets!

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shelia s.
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shelia s.
7 years ago

I agree about being scarey! Where is all this coming from?

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Tammyg
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Tammyg
7 years ago

Another good reason to practice good hygienne and wash your hands regularly.

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Richie0930
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Richie0930
7 years ago

I have been told by four different doctors that there is no cure for mrsa, i have mrsa and i got it when i was in the army, and there is nothing you can do about it. You can not transmitt mrsa unless the holder of the virus has a outbreak and touches something or someone.

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michelle p.
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michelle p.
7 years ago

This scary when you have pets that you rescue from shelters and they are strays so you don't have any idea where or who they have been around.Staph infections are putting everybody at wits end right now.

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Kittypassion
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Kittypassion
7 years ago

This should be more known. Vets needs to talk to their patient's owners about this when they have their early vaccines.

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Patter5
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Patter5
7 years ago

This is a scary story!

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Berrypatch573
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Berrypatch573
7 years ago

Great -- one more thing to worry about.

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AquaDaydreamer
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AquaDaydreamer
7 years ago

This sounds scary. people better have good hygene

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RedHeadRule999
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RedHeadRule999
7 years ago

that scares me to death to know that i would rather not know actually no i do want to know

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Einstein4614
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Einstein4614
7 years ago

Yay a new disease

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FLPhanGirl
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FLPhanGirl
7 years ago

All of us, humans and animals alike, are capable of carrying this infection around. The only way to deal with it is NOT through hysteria and fear, but though good common sense, good hand-cleansing habits, staying calm and and knowing the facts. There is no more point to people panicking over animals being carriers of MRSA than there is over people panicking about being in any room or air space with another human being. We all carry tons of germs around; all living creatures do. Keeping the hands clean and keeping any wounds cleaned and covered is the way to be safe.

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Mary P.
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Mary P.
6 years ago

amen to that!

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Melbaround
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Melbaround
7 years ago

My bird had MRSA about a year and 1/2 ago. He was biting on his leg and had an open sore. He was treated and it never returned however the sad part is that my daughter and I between us have has it 5 times. The vet never told me it was contagious. In fact he just told me he had a staph infection that was unusually resistant to antibiotics.

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Cayce M.
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Cayce M.
7 years ago

Scary enough for people! Now we have to worry about our pets getting MRSA as well.

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Tony B.
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Tony B.
7 years ago

It is scary for people and animals

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Boswelltxk
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Boswelltxk
7 years ago

Hasn't everyone learned to wash their hands yet?

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Jetty0161
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Jetty0161
7 years ago

How scary

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Egotts1233
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Egotts1233
7 years ago

Prevention is so key, never over look any small sympton of this disease

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ACJoo
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ACJoo
7 years ago

Eh? I hope people don't go into another rabies craze kind of thing!

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Betsy
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Betsy
7 years ago

That is scary. My friend has a service dog and I know she would hate to have her die from or spread this disease.

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Morgan
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Morgan
7 years ago

Yikes! This is scary stuff

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Angela18
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Angela18
7 years ago

this is very upsetting to think that you will be thinking of this whenever you want to be around your dog and have to worry if you have your hand sanitizer with you.

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Kittybratgurl11
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Kittybratgurl11
7 years ago

technally this is very sad.

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Amykady
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Amykady
7 years ago

Definately something that needs more attention.

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Ejzane
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Ejzane
7 years ago

This was bound to cross over. I have worked in a hospital and know how potent MRSA has become. Pretty scary.

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Stephanie L.
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Stephanie L.
7 years ago

Wash your hands, cover your mouth when you cough!Some scary stuff going around lately. Good Hygiene should be practiced by everyone.

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Jenny
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Jenny
7 years ago

There's always some scary superbug out there, but basic hygiene takes care of this one. Simple, wash your hands and you'll be fine.

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Linda W.
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Linda W.
7 years ago

Boy this upsets me. Something else to worry about. Not much in the way of symptoms. WOW.

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Katlee
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Katlee
7 years ago

Scarey. It'll be a shame if it interferes with service animals interacting with patients.

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Cyndie2
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Cyndie2
7 years ago

hopefully we can get this mrsa thing under control soon.

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Amie
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Amie
7 years ago

The bottom line is like the news article says "Basic Hygeine". Staph is everywhere, and if an area isn't cleaned properly it will take hold and grow... on humans or animals. Years ago, I adopted a dog from a family who kept having reacurring staph problems in their household. The dog I adopted was their worst case.. she kept getting reinfected and was treated by a vet several times while they owned her. After coming to live with me she never had another outbreak for the rest of her life. I discussed this with the vet (the same one who treated her when the other family owned her) and he said he felt that the dog had better hygeine since living with me.

I also believe that we as the "germaphobes" that we humans have become, have created this current problem with the "new" staph bug. We have over used antibiotics to the point that the "bugs" are getting resistant to them and we are running out of ways to kill them. We have created this mess....

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Lhammon
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Lhammon
7 years ago

I would like to know how many cases of MRSA have really been transmitted to humans and how many pets have been diagnosed with it. It is important to be aware that the disease exists and what the symproms are. However, I would hate to see this scare people away from caring for animals especially if the transmition is rare.

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Markschnerle
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Markschnerle
7 years ago

It's always good to practice good hygiene and wash your hands frequently. I just feel that this whole thing is getting a little blown out of proportion by the media. I have a friend in the medical field. He has stated that this has always been around especially in hospital environments. I'm not saying that it should be ignored but that a little too much attention is being paid to it. Practice good hygiene and I feel you will be fine.

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