A recent study, published in the journal “Eurosurveillance”, was able to prove that a New Delhi-Metallo-beta-lactamase Escherichia coli can be transmitted between humans and canines.

The bacteria were initially discovered in two dogs from Finland.

pipetteThe research study was a collaboration between the University of Helsinki, the Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira, and the National Institute of Health and Welfare.

The research team decided to do an analysis of the genome of the bacteria. They obtained isolates from the owners of the dogs too. They managed to prove that the isolates from the dogs and the isolates from their owners were identical. This proves that the bacteria was transmitted between the dogs and their owners.

The bacteria collected from the dogs were sampled from their ears. The humans, on the other hand, were asymptomatic. They were unable to discover the origin of the bacteria.

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