MRSA spreads easily in households - even to pets

People who transmit MRSA to others are 25% more likely to share bath towels, US study finds

MRSA can spread easily from people to household pets, according to a new study.

The research compared the presence of MRSA in households of 150 otherwise healthy children who had been treated for MRSA.

This included swabs of their family members, which totaled 652 people, and 154 household cats and dogs.

The researchers visited each home five times during a one-year period to obtain samples from people's nostrils, armpits and groins.

For cats and dogs, they collected samples from inside the nose and along the animals' backs

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