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Drug-resistant bacteria detected in pets at UK animal hospital

Linezolid-resistant enterococci bacteria were found in pets at an animal hospital in the UK, and researchers found evidence of transmission between animals, though no people were found to harbor the drug-resistant bacteria. "In order to minimize transmission of resistant bacteria between companion animals and people, veterinary surgeries need to ensure adequate cleaning takes place, and pet owners should wash their hands after handling pets," said study leader Katie Hopkins.

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