Therapy Dogs Can Spread MRSA to Kids With Cancer, Finds Report
Therapy dogs can spread the superbug MRSA to kids with cancer, finds a study from Johns Hopkins Hospital.
The study found cleaning dogs with antiseptic shampoo and wipes reduced the chances of the superbug spreading, Live Science reports.
According to CBS News, Johns Hopkins doctors conducted tests with four therapy dogs as they visited 45 children undergoing cancer treatment for over 13 visits in 2016 and 2017. Children who spent more time with the dogs had a six times higher chance of contracting the superbug bacteria than kids who spent less time with the dogs.