Spanu, Vincenzo (2012) Epidemiology, virulence factors and antibiotic resistance in Staphylococcus aureus strains isolated in small ruminant dairy chain. Doctoral Thesis.
The aim of the present thesis was to conduct an extensive characterization of S. aureus isolated from small ruminant milk and dairy products. S. aureus is considered a major public health concern because of its ability to give disease in human, after consumption of contaminated foods with enterotoxins. This pathogen can aquire resistance against several antibiotics used in human and veterinary practices. Farms and cheese-making plants can serve as a reservoir of S. aureus and are involved in the spread of the microorganism into environment. Concern exists on the possible acquisition of antibiotic resistance by human strains, as consequence of exchange of mobile genetic elements with strains of animal origin. The extent and impact of these strains on human health was also assessed.
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