Whole genome sequencing confirms livestock-human MRSA transmission

Scientists were able to confirm the transmission, but not its direction.

March 29, 2013
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Whole genome sequencing confirms livestock-to-human MRSA transmission

A study published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine confirmed that human infections in Denmark were caused by a type of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) found in livestock. Research was conducted in the UK and Denmark on two Danish subjects who lived on farms. The blood and nasal passage of one was positive for mecC-MRSA and the other had a wound infected with mecC-MRSA. Samples from the patients differed by only a handful of single nucleotide polymorphisms from those of a cow and two sheeps that lived on the farms. The similarity suggests transmission, but researchers remain unsure of which direction the transmission occurred. Read the study here.

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

Recent Articles by Shane O'Halloran

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive

Food Engineering

FE September 2014

2014 September

The September 2014 issue of Food Engineering explores how lean manufacturing, quality improvements and increased automation helps processors meet rapidly changing demands. Also, read how robotics, advanced machine controls, software and OEE are just a few of the tools that can boost productivity on packaging lines.

Table Of Contents Subscribe


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit www.foodmaster.com to learn more.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +