Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Skin Infections from an Elephant Calf -- San Diego, California, 2008

March 2009
MMWR: Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report;3/6/2009, Vol. 58 Issue 8, p194
The article gives recommendations on the prevention of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) soft tissue infections, an outbreak of which was discovered at the San Diego County Zoo on January 29, 2008 after an investigation showed that the infection originated from an African elephant calf and transmitted to several calf caretakers. Recommendations include the training of employees regarding the disease, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) while treating infected animals and disinfecting contaminated surfaces and equipment.


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