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
- The Hidden Costs of Cheap Pork | One Green Planet
- The prevalence and influencing factors of MRSA carriage in people in contact with livestock: A systematic review - American Journal of Infection Control
- Swedish food giant vows action over Danish pigs - The Local
- Prevalence of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA in bulk tank milk from dairy goat farms in Northern Italy.
- Diversity of antimicrobial resistance and virulence genes in methicillin-resistant non-Staphylococcus aureus staphylococci from veal calves.
- AAAS 2015: Keeping up with antibiotic resistance - Healio
- First town ordinance in county to ban manure spraying passed - Green Bay Press Gazette
- Authorities order slaughter of 3000 pigs - Views and News from Norway
- PLOS Pathogens: Livestock-Associated Staphylococcus aureus: The United States Experience
- Countries Wary Of Drug-Resistant Staph Moving From Pigs To People – The Plate: Maryn McKenna
- The prevalence and influencing factors of MRSA carriage in people in contact with livestock: A systematic review.
- LA-MRSA Suspected in Norwegian Pigs - The Pig Site
- Joint statement on MRSA in piglets issued by BVA and Pig Veterinary Society (From Smallholder)
- Twice as many people infected by swine-borne MRSA last year - The Copenhagen Post
- UK Pig Industry Promoting MRSA Testing in Imported Pigs - ThePigSite.com
- MRSA cases in Denmark doubled in just one year
- MRSA in commercial swine herds is associated with disinfectant and zinc usage
- MRSA discovery in English pigs 'not surprising', vets say - Farmers Guardian
- Livestock associated MRSA detected in GB piglets - GlobalMeatNews.com
- Livestock strain of MRSA found in pigs in England - FarmersWeekly