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Who gave that to me? Carriage and transmission of Staphylococcus aureus in schools.

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Mathematical models that predict the spread of infectious diseases are an essential part of public health decisions for the introduction of new vaccines. These predictions use self-reported social contacts as a proxy for how likely people are to transmit infections through casual interactions. However, the link between who people report having contact with and how they actually pick up infections has never been tested. We are addressing this crucial public health question by recruiting school children as citizen scientists to collect social contact and genomic data to estimate the transmission of Staphylococcus aureus within a school environment. In this talk, citizen scientists from Cottenham Village College and St Bedes Inter-Church School present their preliminary results including a first estimate of the carriage and anti-microbial resistance rates in British school age children of this common, but clinically important, bacteria.

This talk is part of the Departmental Seminar Programme, Department of Veterinary Medicine series.

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