Case 12, Answer 3--False



The likely infectious culprits here are Staphylococcus pseudintermedius and Malassezia pityrosporum. The risk of transmission of these organisms to people is very low. Human infections with S. pseudintermedius (methicillin-sensitive or methicillin-resistant) are very rare despite the fact that dog owners are probably exposed on a regular basis. It appears that S. pseudintermedius in particular is not well adapted to cause disease in people. Everyone should be encouraged to wash their hands using soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer after handling or petting Wyatt. As a general rule, people should avoid contact with a pet's nose, mouth or bum at all times. Hand washing remains the simplest and most practical way to prevent transmission between animals and people, strict quarantine is not recommended or necessary.

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