The project: background

Staphylococcus aureus, including methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) are major zoonotic pathogens. Recent studies have demonstrated that MRSA of defined clonal lineages (predominantly the clonal complex (CC) 398) was found to colonize livestock including pigs, cattle and poultry and to reach colonization rates of 43-70% among these animals in Germany. Therefore, the term “livestock-associated MRSA” (LA-MRSA) had been introduced. The MedVet-Staph consortium was founded in 2010 to study the zoonotic impact of S. aureus/MRSA.

In its first research period (2010-2013) the MedVet-Staph consortium has demonstrated that LA-MRSA causes a significant burden of human colonization and (healthcare-associated) infection in the German population and in animals. During this period the research consortium gave 147 scientific presentations on national and international conferences and published >30 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals (see publications). Since 2014, the consortium continues its work in a second research period.