Potential Role of Pet Animals in Household Transmission of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus: A Narrative Review

Vector Borne Zoonotic Dis. 2011 Jun;11(6):617-20. doi: 10.1089/vbz.2010.0025. Epub 2010 Dec 13.


In this narrative review, we found numerous reports suggesting that dogs and cats may play a role in household methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) transmission and recurrent MRSA infection in human contacts. Future work should emphasize elucidating more clearly the prevalence of MRSA in household pets and characterize transmission dynamics of MRSA humans and pet animals.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Humans
  • Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus / isolation & purification*
  • Pets / microbiology*
  • Staphylococcal Infections / microbiology
  • Staphylococcal Infections / transmission
  • Staphylococcal Infections / veterinary*
  • Zoonoses / transmission*