New research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis sheds light on how the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is introduced into households and how it can spread among family members.
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Stephanie A. Fritz, MD, (left) an associate professor of pediatrics at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, analyzes the bacteria commonly known as staph with Carol Muenks, a clinical research coordinator. Fritz and her research team have found that prescribing antibiotics is warranted for children with minor staph infections. The drugs help to reduce the risk of recurrent infections.
In households of children with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infection, pet dogs and cats often were colonized with S. aureus. In addition, the S. aureus strains colonizing the pets were likely to be concordant with those found on humans and/or their environmental surfaces within the household.