Monday, 17 January 2011

Pig farm showers carry MRSA

So if the vets or farmers miss getting MRSA from the pigs, they will get it from the biosecurity on the way out.

Brilliant!  But one cannot be surprised.

Thick veterinary skin is just as hard to wash clean as veterinary consciences. Thin-skinned, they are not.

Eventually, it is going to dawn on more modern veterinarians that they are going to have to stop giving pigs antibiotics, however profitable to prescribe.

It should have dawned on the veterinary organisations a long time ago.

They are going to have to hand over the money earned from drug dealing plus more in damages anyway.

What’s the point of going on?

Abstract here

Appl Environ Microbiol. 2011 Jan;77(2):696-8. Epub 2010 Nov 19.

Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in Pork Production Shower Facilities.

Leedom Larson KR, Harper AL, Hanson BM, Male MJ, Wardyn SE, Dressler AE, Wagstrom EA, Tendolkar S, Diekema DJ, Donham KJ, Smith TC.

University of Iowa College of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology, C21-F GH, 200 Hawkins Drive, Iowa City, IA 52242.


As methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been found in pigs, we sought to determine if MRSA is present in pork production shower facilities. In two production systems tested, 3% and 26% of shower samples were positive for MRSA. spa types identified included t034, t189, t753, and t1746.

PMID: 21097587 [PubMed - in process]