The advent of drug resistant staph as a major health challenge is well documented and is now thought to be killing more people than AIDS. Staph in animals is not new but drug resistant staph in animals could further complicate complex public health problems.
There are 4 key reasons.
- Many believe that a diet that includes animals given antibiotics as a growth aid speeds up the resistance cycle in humans.
- There is a small but significant risk of cross infection during the food preperation process
- Pigs and chickens are already known to be conduits for major infections and the means by which infection agents can take on more genetic elements that will make them more harmful to humans.
- Farm and Poultry workers are often ‘superspreaders’ of such infections and may be economically vulnerable and without good access to affordable health services
This site exists therefore to document the issues of public health, business practice and personal justice that surround MRSA ST398
Latest MRSA ST398 News
- For The Love Of Pork: Antibiotic Use On Farms Skyrockets Worldwide : Goats and Soda : NPR
- MRSA found in every third pack of Danish pork - The Local
- FDA Releases Proposed Rule to Collect Antimicrobial Sales and Distribution Information by Animal Species
- Molecular characterization of Staphylococcus aureus isolated from humans related to a livestock farm in Spain, with detection of MRSA-CC130
- Characterization of Insertion Sequence ISSau2 in the Human and Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus. - PubMed - NCBI
- Two Further Pig Farms Suspected of LA-MRSA - The Pig Site
- Emerging issues in antimicrobial resistance of bacteria from food-producing animals. - PubMed - NCBI
- The management of risk arising from the use of antimicrobial agents in veterinary medicine in EU/EEA countries - a review. - PubMed - NCBI
- Spread of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli from a swine farm to the receiving river. - PubMed - NCBI
- Application of swine manure on agricultural fields contributes to extended-spectrum β-lactamase-producing Escherichia coli spread in Tai'an, China. - PubMed - NCBI
- Frequency-risk and duration-risk relations between occupational livestock contact and MRSA carriage among farm workers in China
- Is Drug-Resistant Staph A Work Hazard for Farm Workers? – Phenomena: Germination
- Swine Farming Is a Risk Factor for Infection With and High Prevalence of Carriage of Multidrug-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus. - PubMed - NCBI
- Preventing Introduction of Livestock Associated MRSA in a Pig Population - Benefits, Costs, and Knowledge Gaps from the Swedish Perspective. - PubMed - NCBI
- Characterization of Staphylococcus aureus Isolated from Non-Native Patients with Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in Shanghai. - PubMed - NCBI
- A fatal infection caused by sequence type 398 methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus carrying the Panton-Valentine leukocidin gene
- ST398 carriage and infections in farmers, United States – Aetiology
- Swine Farming Is a Risk Factor for Infection With and High Prevalence of Carriage of Multidrug-Resistant Staphylo
- Study finds swine farming is a risk factor for drug-resistant staph infections | Iowa Now
- The livestock reservoir for antimicrobial resistance: