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MRSA in Pork Production Shower Facilities: An Intervention to Reduce Occupational Exposure

Published by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers, St. Joseph, Michigan

Citation:  Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health. 18(1): 5-9. (doi: 10.13031/2013.41229) @2012
Authors:   K. R. Leedom Larson, E. A. Wagstrom, K. J. Donham, A. L. Harper, B. M. Hanson, M. J. Male, T. C. Smith
Keywords:   Agricultural workers' diseases, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, Occupational health, Swine.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) nasal colonization has been documented in swine and swine workers. MRSA has also been found in the shower facilities of conventional swine farms. We previously conducted a review of the literature to identify measures used to reduce MRSA prevalence in athletic facilities. In this study, we evaluated those measures for adaptability to the pork production environment. A best practices protocol was developed to reduce MRSA levels in pork production shower facilities and implemented in two conventional swine production systems.

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