Exploring the Presence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-Encoding Gene in Dogs' Nasal Swab Samples

  • Uzma Noor Shah Assistant Professor, Department of Life Sciences, School of Sciences, JAIN (Deemed-to-be University), Karnataka, Bangalore, India
  • Elemi Debbarma Assistant Professor, Department of MLT, Assam down town University, Guwahati, Assam, India
  • Mukesh Kumar Yadav Assistant Professor, School of Agricultural Sciences, Jaipur National University, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Keywords: Methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), staphylococcus aureus, mecA gene, dogs, nasal swab


This research aimed to identify the gene responsible for Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) production in canine nasal swabs taken from the Surabaya, Indonesia.  There were 85 places in Surabaya where dogs' nostrils were swabbed. Identification of bacteria included growth on Mannitol Salt Agar, Gram staining, and tests for the enzyme catalase coagulase and Voges Proskauer (VP). Staphylococcus aureus bacteria were successfully isolated from 47 90 specimens (50.59 %). The percentage of MRSA isolates confirmed by the Oxacillin Resistant Screen Agar Base (ORSAB) was 29.41% through 30 isolates. The existence of the mecA gene could not be established in 10 (5.88%) of the isolates using PCR-based genetic analysis. It was determined that domesticated dogs provide a public health risk by serving as a reservoir for MRSA strains. To better understand the incidence and possible significance of dogs in MRSA exchange, investigators and veterinary practitioners may examine the presence of MRSA-encoding genes in nasal swab samples from dogs.


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How to Cite
Uzma Noor Shah, Elemi Debbarma, & Mukesh Kumar Yadav. (2023). Exploring the Presence of Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)-Encoding Gene in Dogs’ Nasal Swab Samples. Revista Electronica De Veterinaria, 24(2), 427 - 435. Retrieved from https://veterinaria.org/index.php/REDVET/article/view/358