Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Transmission and persistence of livestock-associated MRSA among veterinarians and their household members.

Today, we get more confirmation that veterinarians are a vector for transfer of LA-MRSA.

Readers can find many references to the problem, on this blog, going back years

It underlines the inappropriateness of all the various schemes involving veterinarians visiting multiple pig farms, and globe-trotting to multiple conferences.

All of us have to face up to situations we find uncomfortable. It is about time, at the very least, that the veterinarians started to tackle their responsibilities to their own families.

Covering up and talking down the spread and dangers of LA-MRSA in Britain was really stupid, nasty and self-damaging.

If the veterinarians don't even protect their own families, there is little hope for the animals or the rest of us.

The veterinary profession in Britain are going to have to face up to their past mistakes and institute root and branch reform from the bottom up.

The rebels are there, they need to start to move.  If they get struck off, they will have to be struck back in later at a more senior position in a reformed institution.

Be sure to read the abstract in full here.

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2014 Oct 17. pii: AEM.02803-14. [Epub ahead of

Transmission and persistence of livestock-associated MRSA among veterinarians and their household members...

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Denmark - Pig MRSA - tetracycline use to be halved

This is Danish TV.

It may be the main reason why BPEX, the British Pig Executive, according to the National Pig Association site, have been so forthcoming this morning over the lack of reliable data on antibiotic use in British pigs.

To be frank, there is only so long the Danes and other EU countries will take the constant disinformation and "knocking copy" from Britain, without hitting back.

The British situation on LA-MRSA in its pig herds has always been untenable and was only maintained for so long by vast public relations expenditure, high level support and protection from Defra, the British ministry of agriculture, and very serious criminal activity.

The writer was not playing games when he sought witness protection from both the Speaker of the House of Commons and OLAF - the serious fraud squad of the EU. It was necessary.

Anyway, the Danes are now starting to move, pressed by public opinion.

Britain has to follow.

The full Danish TV report is here, with links. Be sure to read in full, realising that it is a mechanical translation.

Agriculture will halve the worst type of antibiotic

Agriculture is now at war with the antibiotic tetracycline, which more than any other substances responsible for the MRSA problem.

PM. 09:16UPDATED AT. 09:16

Tetracycline can be mixed in water and food and is very popular in agriculture. But now the consumption down, says agriculture. 

By Esben Christensen

Farmers use not only more and more antibiotics, they use more especially of the most dangerous antibiotics.

The consumption of pig production increased by five percent from 2012 to 2013, and the very damaging type called tetracycline accounted for one third of total consumption...

...Tetracycline is a so-called broad-spectrum antibiotic, which means that it promotes antibiotic resistance much...

...Expert: A step in the right direction

One of the foremost experts in the MRSA bacteria is professor of clinical microbiology Hans Jørn Kolmos from Odense University. For years he has raised the alarm over the exact tetracycline.

- It is good news. Tetracycline is by far the worst substance. The risk of having bacteria and the spread will be reduced, if successful, he says.

One half of tetracycline, however, far from solving the MRSA problem, even if successful. With the new rate is not set for a general reduction of antibiotic consumption, and tetracycline can be replaced by other types.

- It is not necessarily bad if you use antibiotics, which do not create resistance in humans. But the best would clearly be a general reduction, says Hans Jørn Kolmos...

...The Minister has the declared goal

The reason that the tetracycline is so popular in agriculture is according His Jorn Kolmos that it can be added to water and feed. This is called group medication and is much easier to give the pigs than antibiotics injection.

Food Minister Dan Jørgensen (S) today as one of its focal points that he will fight the group medication...

Thursday, 16 October 2014

Denmark - The Secret Pigs - Porcine MRSA -The Journalists Fight Back

A long and important article to tell you what is going on in Denmark over porcine MRSA even with arrests of journalists.

The same problem has been covered up for years in the United Kingdom.

Maybe someone will get Britain's corrupt secretive veterinary establishment to see sense.

It may well be Nigel Farage and UKIP that have to do the job of starting the process of removing their pomp, their power, their secrecy, their jobs and their cash, and maybe even, in some cases, their liberty.

Euro-sceptic UKIP are now the feared opposition to the three parties of the British establishment, and a rapidly growing political party for change and reform.

It ought to be all of us, that respect the rule of law regardless of politics, that insist that Porcine MRSA , British cover-ups and toleration of veterinary drug dealing, are dealt with properly and openly.

The full, detailed, Danish report is here
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The secret pigs

In the interests of the rural economy, the authorities have failed to disclose the problem of pig MRSA bacteria, which has now killed four Danes. This is the accusation made by a journalist and a professor of medicine. For example, refuses Food Administration in its third year - due to "special circumstances" - to provide a list of infected farms. "The wool case," says professor of administrative law.  

10.14.2014 | 13:53

Somewhere in the DVFA is a secret list of about 50 pig farms, which have been found MRSA bacteria. Since the May emerged that four Danes in the past few years have died from just the bacterium has the problem been on the agenda. The two journalists Nils Mulvad and Kjeld Hansen has two and a half years trying to get access to the list so that the public could learn about the pig farms that are infected.

After a long struggle, which among other things has passed through the Ombudsman, the two journalists official word on that list with the infected pig farms should be released. Still, the list remains secret. This is because the Food & Drug Administration has made a new decision which is so unusual that two administrative law experts have not seen
the like before. The experts called the decision respectively "strange" and a "wool case."

Journalist Nils Mulvad think that the Food & Drug Administration - and the...

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

10 weeks to Christmas - Norway faces an MRSA cc398 flavoured meal.

A strange twist, in Norway, to what seems to be a widespread custom of counting the shopping days or weeks to Christmas.

The Danish government and pig industry must be wincing at being caught between the vociferous Norwegians and determined Danish campaigners both demanding action against MRSA cc398.

One can easily imagine the Danish government would prefer to be like the tight-lipped Germans and French or even the biggest importers of Danish pork: the British.

But the real nightmare is for the British government and their veterinarians. It is in the last paragraph of the Norwegian newspaper report.

Look at it logically. Britain's government says Britain's pigs do not have MRSA, Norway admits some in Norwegian pigs and is dealing with it quite effectively.

The Norwegians also say the EU prevents them from controlling  imports of diseased pork from Denmark.

"EEA Agreement preclude Norway can check imported meat for MRSA bacteria. "

Neither can Britain, officially Porcine MRSA free, and also unable to control imports from Denmark because of the EU rules.

Britain's government and their state veterinarians are now between the devil and the deep blue sea.

They can either own up to MRSA in British pigs or face the prospect of Nigel Farage and his anti-EU UKIP intervening.

We wonder how long before Nigel Farage and his establishment-storming United Kingdom Independence Party finds out about all this?

Not long, we suspect, the clock is ticking as the days roll on towards Christmas followed by a General Election in Britain with UKIP emerging as a serious rival to the established parties.

We give a mechanical translation from the Norwegian. Be sure to read in full here.

10 weeks to Christmas: Begin the ribs imports

Now lowered tariffs on imported Christmas rib. Among other from Denmark, where antibiotic-resistant MRSA bacteria in swine herds are rapidly advancing.

Odd Pihlstrøm

Published: 15.okt. 2014 24:50 Updated: 15.okt. 2014 1:27 p.m.

Grocery chains' strong demand for pork towards Christmas has for years created a shortage of Norwegian ribs, although there has been overproduction of pork.

Use of ribs as cheap bait in price promotions are another important factor.This creates an unpredictable relationship between supply and demand.

Additional import of ribs and lamb ribs

It should not be missing ribs for this year's Christmas dinners...

...From animals to humans

At the same booklet there is a growing concern that the so-called supplementary imports of fresh Christmas ribs can lead to increased infection pressure from an animal associated variant of antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA).

Imports have in recent years been particularly Denmark and Germany. As with most of the rest of the EU is struggling both countries are struggling with the spread of these bacteria. In Denmark, MRSA bacteria killed four people in the past.

LA-MRSA is easily spread in animal herds and can be transmitted from pigs and other farm animals to humans. According to media reports in Denmark are germs in over 20 percent of pork in Danish shops.

Campaign against the spread

In Norway, the LA-MRSA now detected in some 20 swine herds. FSA cooperates with agricultural and health authorities to prevent further spread.The national budget is allocated additional funds for compensation for pig farmers must slaughter herds.

In people who already have compromised health can LA-MRSA can cause serious infections. It is therefore particularly important to prevent bacteria from entering the hospital, nursing homes and other healthcare institutions.

EEA Agreement preclude Norway can check imported meat for MRSA bacteria. Therefore, the FSA does not guarantee that imported Christmas rib or other imported meat is free of contaminants. At the same time considering audit risk of being infected with the bacteria that small, if one follows the usual rules for handling raw meat.

The Trouble with Antibiotics - E.Coli in meat causing UTI Infections?

This is the pre- broadcast publicity for a programme  last night on American Public TV.

It focuses on a very serious issue, causing much human misery, that has been getting worse for some years but which rarely reaches the headlines.

It is about time we had a definitive peer reviewed answer.

That will probably have to come from the United States.

Britain's corrupt veterinary establishment have abandoned all pretense of doing the job they are paid to do and are busy trying to stay out of trouble.

Fat chance! You can't cover up epidemics and sick livestock for years, causing human health disasters, without getting caught and called to account.

Whole-genome sequencing will provide the "cold case" evidence.

Anyway, over to the US public TV for information denied the British public.

You can access more information here.

Can E. Coli in Supermarket Meat Cause UTIs?

October 14, 2014, 11:13 am ET by Tim Molloy

Any urinary tract infection is bad, but some are getting worse. Along with the burning, piercing pain that typically accompanies a UTI, these infections pose another challenge: They’re getting much harder to treat.

For the past 20 years, doctors have been tracking a troubling rise in antibiotic-resistant UTIs, which primarily affect women. There are an estimated 8 million UTIs in the United States each year, and though most of these infections are still treatable with more powerful antibiotics, some otherwise healthy patients find themselves in need of IV treatment — and in some cases can develop deadly bloodstream infections.

“You don’t have a normally healthy 30-year-old woman come in, who’s never been in a hospital, with a resistant urinary tract infection that’s moved to her blood,” Elizabeth DuPreez, an infectious disease pharmacist who helped treat cases in Flagstaff, Ariz., explained

 FRONTLINE. “Where did she get that organism from?”

Dr. Lance Price, a George Washington University microbiologist working in Flagstaff, believes that in some cases, the answer is supermarket meat.

Watch the video:

After testing more than 1,200 samples from Flagstaff-area infections, Price says he’s genetically linked more than 100 of them to supermarket meats. A quarter of those were resistant to several antibiotics.

Price’s work hasn’t yet been peer-reviewed, but he shared his preliminary findings with FRONTLINE for The Trouble With Antibiotics, airing tonight on PBS (check local listings). While Price and his team can’t conclusively connect the Flagstaff infections to antibiotic use on the farms where supermarkets get their meat, he believes his use of sophisticated whole-genome sequencing points back toward the farm.

“When we see this, when we see such genetic relatedness like this, the alternative explanations become, you know, impossible,” he told FRONTLINE.

Monday, 13 October 2014

Denmark - Pig MRSA - Testing for Pregnant Women in contact with pigs (and pig people)

The risks associated with porcine MRSA to both mother and child in pregnancy are well known, at least in Denmark.

You won't get this in Britain. According to Britain's  veterinary establishment, British pigs ( with the exception of Northern Ireland) do not have MRSA. There, therefore, is no need for women in contact with pigs, pig workers or pig veterinarians to be questioned or tested.

We give just some extracts from a form from Odense University Hospital. You can reach the whole in mechanical translation here:

Gynecology and Obstetrics, University Hospital 

Subject:  MRSA screening of maternal

1) Purpose 
To identify the obstetric patients should be screened Methucillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA)

The questionnaire delivered to sonograf / føtalmediciner in connection with the first contact. If the pregnant woman has not completed the questionnaire asked the pregnant women in the first contact.

If the pregnant woman has responded positively to any of the questions in the questionnaire, to be traded from the table below. In need of grafting and possible treatment, refer the pregnant woman to the doctor.

4 Within the last 6 months had direct or indirect contact with live
pigs Or even a husstandsmedlemharhad daily work in a pigsty, or
otherwise work on live pigs +

Denmark - Pig MRSA - Antibiotic Use Increasing - Yellow Card Failing

Jutland this morning with a solid article explaining why the current veterinary scheme to reduce antibiotic use in pigs is failing Denmark.

It is useful information for other countries trailing behind to know what does not work.

Britain, in particular, is years behind.

When the British government does admit the problem, the scale and implications, there won't be time or inclination to pursue gimmick solutions promoted by the livestock antibiotics industry sales force.

Britain will need to go straight to the criminal law, rigidly enforced, to try to protect public health from organised veterinary crime.

The news report is in Danish, as always read in full, here and realise that it is a mechanical translation.

112 farmers in danger yellow card for penicillin consumptionConsumption of antibiotics in some piggeries going up despite limits and the prospect of yellow cards when they are exceeded. It is a concern to experts who fear more resistance problems.

By Pia Richter, 

Monday, October 13, 2014, 08:04

The animals in several Danish pig farms still pokes its snout into the food and water made up with more antibiotics than is desirable.Especially in West Jutland, where Ringkøbing- Skjern tops the list as the most drug-consuming.However, several other municipalities in the region is very high.

"We can see that the consumption of substances that are used for group medication increases. It thus provides medicine for both sick and healthy animals, "says senior Yvonne Agersø from the National Food Institute.

That she finds highly problematic. It creates the risk of a lot of resistance at the peril of the world in the long term is likely to be with a variety of diseases that can no longer be treated.

Yvonne Agersø is part of the team here at home that closely monitor antibiotic use and regularly report. The past is just a few days old, and it shows that last year was used 91 tons of antibiotics in swine barns, against 86 the previous year.

It is therefore the wrong way, just as there is a focus on multi-resistant MRSA CC398 bacteria, also known as pig MRSA. They spread from piggeries to people and now on to people who have not had contact with pigs.

The effect of yellow cards are gone...