Sunday, 19 April 2009

MRSA - no pets or flying veterinarians

The anticipated campaign of "blame the pets" or perhaps more politically correct "blame the companion animals" is getting under way in the United States.

Thoughtfully suggested as an excuse for MRSA st398, escaping from pig farms and into the hospitals and community, by Britain's bent government vets to their North American colleagues.

The latter who doubtless would have arrived at the same explanation eventually without British help.

So the spin line is clear - "people give MRSA to pets, who give it back to people - just one of those things and nobody's fault."

Perfect disinformation, classically British, perfectly true, but only part of the story.

Alas, if you listen to crooks with the style, flash and dash of Britain's corrupt government vets, it is easy to be seduced onto the easy road to veterinary ruin.

In their blind panic to shift the blame for human deaths to the innocent, they forget something pretty important.

The people most likely to be handling animals other than their owners are likely to be the vets treating them, often for routine procedures.

The people most likely to be giving the pets and their owners MRSA are veterinarians.

Several series of tests have been taken at veterinary conferences. The results?

Vets, especially livestock vets, carry MRSA in disproportionate numbers. The vets, themselves creditably, although not in Britain,have provided the evidence.

Which is why the Dutch and other Continental European countries target veterinarians for special testing and decontamination at the hospital door. They want to stop them spreading it to other patients under their "Search and Destroy" regime, lately adopted by one private hospital in Dublin.

Alas, that bright bit of spin that pets are the problem has hit the floor at great speed. And worse for the vets, the full consequences are yet to be played out.

That passport with those proud words "Veterinary Surgeon" becomes manacle to keep vets close to home, away from international conferences and holiday homes, off airlines with recirculated air.

Cruises, already fraught with epidemics, won't welcome them either.

International travel will become difficult, if not impossible. Try getting back from Florida to Wimbledon by sea these days, if some airline pulls the plug on veterinarians to protect their passengers.

Thanks to Defra's lunatic vets, Britain's 22000 vets are going to have to stay home to help sort out the mess that envelops our farms, hospitals, futures and prosperity.

Seems fair enough. They could and should have stopped the agricultural ministry Maff-Defra from faking the science years ago.

The bet is that American vets will be too smart to be conned by British crooks. They might get grounded but they will stay out of jail.