Prevalence of carriage and characterisation of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in slaughter pigs and personnel exposed to pork carcasses
MV Boost, M O’Donoghue, L Guardabassi
Department of Health Technology & Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Key Messages
1. There is a high level of contamination of pig carcasses in Hong Kong with multi-drug resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ST9.
2. Personnel occupationally exposed to pigs and pig carcasses are at risk of colonisation and possible infection.
3. Whilst the clinical significance of porcine MRSA ST9 is unclear, there is a need for continued surveillance of this potential reservoir of MRSA.
4. Butchers should be encouraged to wear gloves whilst working and maintain good personal hygiene to reduce colonisation risk.