MRSA in Therapy Dogs: Preventing Transmission in Hospitals

Despite recent alarming headlines, experts cite simple precautions that therapy dog handlers can take to protect dogs and patients.

The patients who interacted closely with the dogs were six times more likely to become MRSA carriers than those who did not interact closely. But when the dogs were decolonized, the close-interaction group’s risk for becoming MRSA carriers was no different from the group of patients who did not interact closely with the dogs.

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