Ecology of Antibiotic Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus in Food Animal Production
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September 18, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Jill Stewart, Associate Professor, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Staphylococcus aureus is a leading cause of human bacterial infections globally, and these bacteria have a remarkable ability to develop antibiotic resistance. The purpose of this research is to evaluate the evolution and dissemination of zoonotic, antibiotic-resistant S. aureus associated with food animal production. Studies will be presented that evaluate the prevalence and persistence of livestock-associated S. aureus nasal carriage among farm workers, and among their household and community members. The potential for environmental transport of these bacteria will also be discussed. Together these results represent one of the first integrative evaluations of the emergence and transmission of antibiotic resistant microorganisms originating from food animal production systems.