Wednesday, 6 October 2010

MRSA - pigs contaminated at the slaughterhouse?

The reporting of this research is spun to death, of course, probably in the hope that the blame for the worst disaster of the 21st century can be deflected from veterinarians to slaughterhouses and transport.

But even a spun article contains explicit admissions that logically can be extended to vets and other farm visitors being both a risk to themselves and others, human and animal.

That includes secretive Britain, where knowledge of the problem is officially confined to a few negative dust samples reluctantly taken, a couple of years ago, on the express orders of the EU.

...'But transport and slaughterhouse workers run a big risk of getting the MRSA bacterium. They can infect other people in turn, says Broens”.

'I feel that the problem has to be tackled at its source: the farm.' The MRSA bacterium is present in almost three quarters of the farms in the pig sector, as shown by earlier research'...

Britain’s veterinarians are racing full tilt into a cul-de-sac with a large brick wall round the corner. They even know it is there.

I suppose they hope in the words of Dickens that “Something will turn up.”

In the meantime, the situation gets every more serious: public exposure and disgrace for the veterinarians looms ever more certain.

Full Article here
Many pigs get contaminated with MRSA in the slaughterhouse.

06 Oct 2010

One in ten pigs gets the MRSA bacterium in livestock transport trucks, while sixty percent of pigs in slaughterhouses have the bacterium. Wageningen University veterinary researcher Els Broens finds this 'very disconcerting'...