Bacterial infections in horses: a retrospective study at the University Equine Clinic of Bern

Panchaud, Y.; Gerber, V.; Rossano, A.; Perreten, V. (2010). Bacterial infections in horses: a retrospective study at the University Equine Clinic of Bern. Schweizer Archiv für Tierheilkunde, 152(4), pp. 176-82. Bern: Huber 10.1024/0036-7281/a000040

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Bacterial infections present a major challenge in equine medicine. Therapy should be based on bacteriological diagnosis to successfully minimize the increasing number of infections caused by multidrug-resistant bacteria. The present study is a retrospective analysis of bacteriological results from purulent infections in horses admitted at the University Equine Clinic of Bern from 2004 to 2008. From 378 samples analyzed, 557 isolates were identified, of which Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus equi subsp. zooepidemicus and coliforms were the most common. Special attention was paid to infections with methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) ST398 and a non-MRSA, multidrug-resistant S. aureus clone ST1 (BERN100). Screening of newly-admitted horses showed that 2.2 % were carriers of MRSA. Consequent hygiene measures taken at the Clinic helped to overcome a MRSA outbreak and decrease the number of MRSA infections.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Clinical Veterinary Medicine (DKV) > Equine Clinic
05 Veterinary Medicine > Department of Infectious Diseases and Pathobiology (DIP) > Institute of Veterinary Bacteriology

UniBE Contributor:

Gerber, Vinzenz; Rossano, Alexandra and Perreten, Vincent

ISSN:

0036-7281

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 14:32

Last Modified:

21 Jan 2014 15:05

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/0036-7281/a000040

Web of Science ID:

000276971800003

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/12356 (FactScience: 218684)

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