Thursday, 10 March 2011

MRSA st398 - 105 Danes infected last year

A long bitter eleven year battle will soon be over for the writer.

The resulting scandal will rock the world, it will certainly shake Britain.

There are many veterinarians moving through farms spreading MRSA, the disease they caused by misuse of antibiotics - even spreading to their families.

Some veterinarians are going to have to be quarantined urgently.

The Danes are to be congratulated for their openness.

Full report from Maskinbladet in Danish and English including a useful graph can be found here

Thursday 10th March

Svinebrug 7. Pig 7th 2011 - 10:32

105 were infected with pig-MRSA in 2010

Health Haarder answering a question from parliament that 105 people were infected with LA-MRSA - ie agriculture-associated MRSA - in 2010.

To a question from Christian H. Hansen of the party focus on how many people are employed in agriculture, which are infected with LA-MRSA corresponds Health Haarder:

- I can say that in 2010 there were 1050 new registered cases of MRSA-infected people in Denmark, which both include infection with human-MRSA and pig-MRSA. 105 of these are new cases of CC 398 MRSA (pig-MRSA).

It is therefore the final number - 105 infected with pig-MRSA, which is relevant for agriculture. ( (See graph above).

Figures subject

The minister added that the figures should be interpreted with caution, as it reflects the number of positive among those investigated and therefore can not be taken as representing the total number of infected and did not develop because the method of examination vary.

For example, in the years 2008 and 2010 were special projects that persons associated with pig herds have been studied In 2008 a number of participants in a pig Congress investigated, and in 2010 were people who worked in 4 herds and 150 veterinarians examined. These special investigations led to each of the years 2008 and 2010 found 20 people who probably would not have been found and thus declared, explaining Haarder.

Moreover, only in half of the period was a mandatory reporting system where all new cases of proven infection with human and pig-MRSA in humans must be reported. This was introduced in 2006.

It should also be mentioned that not all of those infected with pig-MRSA are infected directly by working with pigs, but can be contacts for one, working with pigs, which is typically a family member.

However, an increase

Despite the above, the Health Protection Agency's current assessment that there is a real increase in the prevalence of pig-MRSA in 2010. ..