PET WARNING: Animals carrying infections RESISTANT to humans-only MRSA ...

DogPets have been found to be carrying bugs resistant to a "last resort" antibiotic in the UK (Image: GETTY)

The strong antibiotic, Linezolid, is used to treat challenging human infections including those caused by the superbug MRSA. But it can’t be given to animals. Three cats and a dog have been found to be carrying bacteria that is resistant to Linezolid.

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The animals had all been taken to the same small animal hospital from different households.

The discovery implies that resistance to one of a vanishingly small number of last resort antibiotics can spread between different bacterial populations in animals and humans.

Linezolid-resistant Enterococcus faecalis bugs were isolated from three wound swabs from two cats and the dog

Dr Katie Hopkins from Public Health England said: "This is concerning as transmission of this organism to owners carries the potential for spread to other bacteria, including Staphylococcus aureus.

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