The European Union are alarmed at the spread of a new more dangerous strain of the superbug C.Diff. - Clostridium difficile spreading across Europe with resulting human deaths.
What they don't tell you is that this form "027" is the same as is found in the United States and Canada, where it is known as "NAP1"
Both are found in pigs.
Britain, Ireland and Canada have had continuing serious C.Diff epidemics in humans in recent years. The United States is catching up fast. These countries have also had continuing epidemics of PMWS - Circoviruses in pigs for years, and in the very same areas, requiring massive quantities of antibiotics to keep the pigs alive for long enough to get them into the food chain.
MRSA is known to exist in US and Canadian hogs and in pigs in most countries in Europe.
Some quotes from reliable sources about C.Diff 027 or NAP1
"From 1999 to 2004, the bug became four times more lethal, with deathrates increasing from 5.7 per million Americans to 23.7 per millionAmericans in 2004. During one hospital outbreak in Quebec, Canada, theone-year death rate hit 17%...."
"The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) called for existing guidelines to be reviewed.It said there had been outbreaks in nine countries including Belgium,Germany, Finland, France, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland and the UK (England, Wales and Northern Ireland). The strain has also been detected in Austria, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Spain and Sweden, and in Scotland, it said. Figures released in July showed that rates of C diff among theover-65s in England rose 6% between January and March this year..."
Britain refuses to release the results of testing her pigs for either disease, no doubt because her government vets have much to hide. Cover-up?
Of course there is a cover-up and one very easily penetrated. Future generations will wonder how they got away with it for so long.
You can find much more information, including all the sources with comment, on the newsgroup uk.business.agriculture . You can reach this newsgroup through Google Groups and search the entire history of animal disease in the United Kingdom with Google's sophisticated facilities.