Doctors warn MRSA can be passed to pets

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by KVUE News

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Posted on June 25, 2010 at 9:16 AM

MRSA has been popping up in schools all over Central Texas.

MRSA is a staph infection that is resistant to most antibiotics.  Now, doctors warn people can pass that staph infection on to their pets. 

About one-third of people have staph on their skin or in the nose.  Veterinarians say just the normal snuggling with your dog or car, especially if they're licking you, is a good way to transmit staph.

When Jessica Wilkinson noticed a spot on her dog's leg, she got worried.

"It was probably an inch thick, at least, and then he was always paying attention to his foot, and it was really red and kind of angry looking," he said.

"It's only been in the last 10-15 years that the multiple drug resistant strains, MRSA, have become a problem in pets," said Dr. Daniel Morris, a veterinary dermatologist.

A vet will have to take a culture of the pet's infection and prescribe antibiotics.  If the pet goes untreated, they can pass MRSA back to you.

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