Saturday, 7 May 2011

MRSA in pigs - progress in Britain

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Britain's Health Protection Agency is effectively blowing the whistle on Britain’s corrupt veterinary establishment and their MRSA cover-up.

They are certainly contradicting them. We cannot expect them to actually admit that MRSA st398 has been in Britain for years and that the pigs have been sick for more than a decade. It does not work like that in Britain.

At least we are not getting “We have not got it in the UK.” again, and this report clearly recognises "a problem affecting all European counties.”

Presumably even Britain’s bent government vets realise we are in Europe. They waste enough time there.

We get the problem for farmers and those in contact with pigs recognised:

“However, there appears to be an increasing problem involving transmission of MRSA (particularly sequence type 398) from colonized livestock, particularly pigs, to farm workers, abattoir workers and veterinarians”

They also note “geographical clustering due to dissemination through regional healthcare networks.”

There is geographical clustering of this and other pig related human disease, very noticeable in Canada too, and there seems, even after quite some years, a bias towards pig producing areas.

And finally the serious nature of the problem recognised “MRSA infections continue to pose a significant public health challenge.”

Report here


J Antimicrob Chemother. 2011 May;66 Suppl 4:iv43-iv48.

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus: the European landscape.

Johnson AP.

Source

Department of Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance, HPA Centre for Infections, Colindale, London, UK. alan.johnson@hpa.org.uk

Abstract


Pan-European surveillance of bacteraemia caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) shows it to be a problem affecting all European countries, although there is marked geographical variation in prevalence. Although the proportion of S. aureus bacteraemia due to MRSA is declining in many countries, data from the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS) for 2008 showed that in more than one-third of countries the proportion remained >25%. In contrast to bacteraemia, community-associated MRSA infection in Europe remains relatively uncommon. However, there appears to be an increasing problem involving transmission of MRSA (particularly sequence type 398) from colonized livestock, particularly pigs, to farm workers, abattoir workers and veterinarians who are in contact with such animals. Molecular analysis of isolates of MRSA has shown that there has been spread of only a limited number of MRSA clones in Europe and that many of these clones show geographical clustering due to dissemination through regional healthcare networks. Despite our increasing understanding of the epidemiology of MRSA in Europe, MRSA infections continue to pose a significant public health challenge.

PMID:

21521706

[PubMed - in process]