Friday, 19 September 2014

Denmark - Over a dozen babies infected with MRSA st398

The swine MRSA turmoil in Denmark continues, and is now spreading rapidly to the United Kingdom.

The children must come first, and nobody in the British pig industry could ever disagree with that.

It is ironic, and sad, that the children of piggy people - pig farmers, veterinarians and others handling pigs and pork are most at risk.

Perhaps Britain's disgraced veterinarians will now do their duty, at least by their own families, and insist that the full story of MRSA st398 in Britain is made public without further delay.

This is the latest news in English from Denmark. You can read in full here.

Over a dozen babies infected with MRSA

Published: 19 Sep 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00
Updated: 19 Sep 2014 08:35 GMT+02:00
In light of revelations that at least 13 children whose parents work in the swine industry have been infected with MRSA, a leading expert calls the authorities' approach 'unsustainable'.

Leading experts warned in August that up to 12,000 Danes could be infected with antibiotic-resistance MRSA and now there is evidence that the infections have spread to society's weakest members: newborn babies...

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

MRSA - No Sex Please - We're Danish (or British)

We had trouble translating this from the Danish. Handle with care.

We will not quote any extracts, other than the title

This is what happens when you try to silence journalists and critics!

Something for Defra, Britain's corrupt agriculture ministry, their veterinary service, drug dealer pals and cronies to take to heart.

Like the Danes, the Brits were promised transparency, instead we got state controlled bullies in our homes threatening us, with worse still to come.

Danish speakers can find it here.

Lynch mobs: MRSA-flyer can create panic

MRSA (st398) can infect through food

More from Denmark. 

A government that allows the arrest of journalists reporting a health scandal, despite the ruling of their Ombudsman, is not to be trusted to give accurate information on the same scandal.

There is no doubt that handling pigs or pork or even the packaging can transfer the MRSA.

It is not proved beyond doubt that eating pork can cause an infection, but it does seem very likely.

As always, read in full here, remembering that it is a mechanical translation.

September 17, 2014

MRSA can infect through food

It is misleading when the authorities state that the management ofMRSA-infected meat can not be infected, experts say.

17:09:14 | 08:53 |  Jacob Hove

When SSI, Food Administration and the National Board of Health in their guidelines require that handling meat with MRSA is not transmitted through food handling, so it is misleading.

It says more experts to Radio24syv.

Professor and Consultant at Odense University Jørn Kolmos says:

- Regulatory announcements that MRSA is not transmitted through meat,
does not hold water.

- I think that the Agriculture and Food in the degree has painted himself into a corner and made it all the time by saying that there is something there. They should have as much biological knowledge that they can figure out that we obviously will look infection through
meat, says Frank Aarestrup, professor at DTU.

Four infected

Recently, it was revealed that four persons without any contact with live animals have been infected with the bacterium apparently after cooking infected meat...

Neighbours to pig farm fear MRSA

The same kind of dispute over the pig industries' desire to build ever larger indoor units blew up in England a few years ago. The dispute accidentally threw up the information that private testing for MRSA in British pigs had been going on for some time.

You can find all the details on this blog, using the search box on this page

In Denmark, there is no dispute. The pigs carry MRSA st398 and the argument now centres on just how many human deaths it will cause and what, if anything, to do about it.

It is a much more productive argument over a serious problem.

As always, read the whole report (mechanical translation from the Danish) here.

Neighbors to pig farm fear MRSA

The fear of being hit by swine bacterium MRSA has seized an entire community in Central Zealand.

Pigs bacterium MRSA has so far cost four deaths at home and the fear of being infected has seized an entire community in Central Zealand.

By Kim Palm

The fear of being hit by the multidrug-resistant swine bacterium MRSA, which has so far led to four deaths in Denmark, has taken a whole community near Great Merløse Zealand and is also subject to political reading of a meeting in Soro tonight.

"When the wind is in the wrong direction, we will carefully consider whether we dare go out of the house" LAUGE LARSEN, NEIGHBORING PIG

Specifically, council members treat an environmental permit from one of Zealand's largest pig Kim Kjaer Knudsen. He wants to build a large barn when he wants to increase fivefold its pig for an annual production of 40,000 pigs and 20,000 finishers.

60 neighbors protested. They fear increased pollution and especially being infected with MRSA...

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Pig MRSA - Arrested Danish Journalists - Permission to appeal

An important development in getting the MRSA st398 scandal properly reported in Denmark and worldwide.

Despite many years, MRSA in pigs is still officially denied in Britain.

But the UK veterinary establishment know their days of cover-up are over. Soon, they will have to try to explain their quite extraordinary conduct.

It is quite a complicated judgment in a complex situation, you will need to read in full (mechanical translation) here:

September 16, 2014 

Openness parliament anchor judgment to publish pig farms

Openness parliament anchor now the central part of the judgment for publishing the names of pig farms infected with the dangerous pig bacteria MRSA. Procesbevillingsnævnet has just given permission to

Saturday, 13 September 2014

How Superbugs Hitch a Ride From Hog Farms Into Your Community

A nice article from Tom Philpott in Mother Jones.

Nothing really spectacularly new, but pulling together recent American research and helping making knowledge of the dangers accessible, also publicising results very much along the same lines as the Danes.

From the point of view of Britain, her veterinary establishment are looking ever more wrong, arrogant, devious, isolated and secretive.

They will be feeling the pressure.

However, we should be understanding that, whoever was at fault, they are also the people, with their families, pig workers. local residents and the sick, most endangered by MRSA st398 and other Livestock Associated MRSA.

We desperately need an open and humble admission of the real situation in the UK from the government veterinarians

Many years too late, we have to start protecting the hospitals.

You can read the whole article here.

How Superbugs Hitch a Ride From Hog Farms Into Your Community

-By Tom Philpott

| Sat Sep. 13, 2014 6:00 AM EDT

Factory-scale farms don't just house hundreds of genetically similar animals in tight quarters over vast cesspools collecting their waste.

They also house a variety of bacteria that live within those unfortunate beasts' guts... 

...Antibiotic-resistant bacteria leave these facilities in two main  ways. The obvious one is meat: As Food and Drug Administration data show, the pork chops, chicken parts, and ground beef you find on supermarket shelves routinely carry resistant bacteria strains. But
there's another, more subtle way: through the people who work on these operations...

(Followed by summaries if three recent studies in the USA.)

Friday, 12 September 2014

Norway - MRSA st398 - Insurance available for culled pigs

Interesting piece from Norway, which confirms that where insurance exists, it is paying out for culling MRSA cc398 hit herds.

The article is partly a predictable argument about insufficient and late state compensation. We are all familiar with this scene.

Back in 2001 & 2, there were claims that there was no insurance available in Britain for such a government ordered cull, specifically the CSF and FMD then plaguing the country.

When we queried why there was no insurance available in Britain, we never did get a satisfactory reply.

There were suggestions that the EU played a part in the situation (Note Norway is not a member of the EU).

There were, and are, obvious issues as to why the taxpayer was compensating farmers for a known business risk, but there was a much more important underlying issue.

Where insurance exists, the underwriters play a very important role in regulating the industry, penalising high risk activities and favouring prudence and care.

If farmers are businesses, and for sure in Britain they almost always are, normal business practices play an important role and insurance against known risks is one of them. A properly regulated industry is very much in the interests of farmers.

The whole issue needs investigating.

The full Norwegian report is here, please read in full understanding that it is a mechanical translation.

Farmers do not receive compensation for antibiotic resistant bacteria in pigs

MRSA frame farmers get hundreds of thousands in losses. Experts fear the poor and late replacement turn undercut efforts to combat the infection.


PUBLISHED: 8/9/14 2:30 | UPDATED: 08/09/14 6:29 P.M.

A year after the first swine farms to slaughter all pigs in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacterium MRSA, farmers have still not received compensation. And compensation they can expect covers nearly the losses they incurred, according to experts.

Special Veterinary Odd Magne Karlsen in Meat and Poultry Association (KLF) feared that a lame and cumbersome system and poor compensation schemes should turn undercut efforts against the feared contagion...

...MRSA is a variation of Staphylococcus aureus that has developed resistance to antibiotics. In Denmark, four people have died of swine-MRSA. In Norway, MRSA frame farmers, for the sake of public health, slaughter and redevelop the whole swine herds. According to the FSA shows the fight against MRSA promising results, but the farmers who have been affected are in despair over compensation schemes.

Insurance payments to cover operating losses comes According to Karlsen quickly and works well for farmers who have subscribed insurance. Dissatisfaction, however, is great with the public compensation scheme, which will cover the loss of animals and costs of

...He bring forward that the economic analyzes show that the community will save significant costs on swine production is free of antibiotic resistant bacteria. Compensation schemes that cover the actual losses for farmers believe he is therefore a good investment...

..."Progress is about to stop. I feared it might turn undercut impressive efforts to get rid of MRSA. " Norwegian Farmers' Union support and demand for better compensation

...Listhaug will not comment on the criticism of the compensation schemes across Nations.