Leah Toombs-Ruane

Doctor of Philosophy, (Vet Science)
Study Completed: 2019
College of Sciences


Thesis Title
Is the family pet a risk for multidrug resistant infections?

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Pets play an intimate role in the New Zealand home. With similar types of antibiotic resistant bacteria causing disease in humans and pets, the role that pets play in human disease warranted further investigation. In a prospective case-control study, Ms Toombs-Ruane investigated the risk factors for community-acquired urinary tract infections caused by extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-(ESBL) and AmpC beta-lactamase-(ACBL) producing Enterobacteriaceae. The results of her research as a whole indicated that while pets may not be a major risk for acquisition of multi-drug resistant Enterobacteriaceae, they likely play a role in the transmission of bacteria within homes.

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