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There has been increasing concern that the overuse of antibiotics in livestock farming is contributing to the burden of antimicrobial resistance in people. Farmed animals in Europe and North America, particularly pigs, provide a reservoir for livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA, ST398) found in people. This study was designed to investigate the contribution of MRSA from Chinese pig farms to human infection and carriage. A collection of 603 S. aureus weredoi:10.1101/2021.08.02.454852 fatcat:qssbsx4ihzgr7lzzhpvj6njn2e