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11 Ways Your Beloved Pet May Make You Sick

MRSA

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is a type of bacteria that can cause infections of the skin, respiratory tract and urinary tract in people. Studies have found that people can share MRSA bacteria with their pets. And because pets may not show symptoms, the animals may pass the bacteria back to their owners, according to a 2015 study presented at IDWeek, a meeting of several organizations focused on infectious diseases.

There aren't any specific treatments for pets that have MRSA, but owners can frequently wash their hands, and have pets sleep in crates rather than in a bed with people, the researchers said.