Scientists from the University of Cambridge warn that domestic cats and dogs can be a source of Staphylococcus aureus. This bacterium is a typical causative agent of nosocomial infections. Bacteria can easily penetrate from animals to man, writes the BBC.
Analysis of genes bacteria in animals and humans have demonstrated the similarity of the structure of genomes. Apparently, the bacterium is spread not only in clinics for people, but also in the veterinary medical facilities.
Staphylococcus aureus can be on the surface of human skin for a long time and do not cause disease, but when injected into the wound, the bacteria can cause the infection.
According to statistics experts, 1% of domestic cats and up to 9% of dogs in Britain carry Staphylococcus aureus. Bacteria also found in horses. Scientists emphasize that one should not underestimate the role of animals in the transfer of potentially dangerous flora. Veterinary clinics should take certain measures for the prevention of infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.