Joint project with the Royal Cornwall Hospital

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picture courtesy of Louise Molloy

Aimee Murray, Lihong Zhang, Will Gaze (picture, left) and myself (right, back) have recently been involved in research led by Senior Biomedical Scientist John Lee (far right), Head of Department Dr. Richard Bendall (next to me) with help from many others in the Pathology Unit of the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro. The project focuses on the emerging human pathogen Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (a cousin of the more familiar Staphylococcus aureus of MRSA fame, which superficially looks a lot alike). S. pseudintermedius is associated with animals, particularly pet dogs, and has been reported from infections following dog bites. John has found out that, upon more careful examination, S. pseudintermedius are more common than previously thought and that dog bites form just a small portion of human infection cases. A team from RCHT will present findings at the 24th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases in Barcelona in May. We are hoping to submit a publication in the very near future as well so watch this space.



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