Saturday, 8 October 2011

MRSA in British pigs - Movement?

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We can't expect Britain's vetocracy to come out of their bunker hands held high and owning up to MRSA in British pigs.

That's too much to ask after so many years of positive PR and silence.

They covered up a British human E.Coli outbreak this year, see here, That must have brought a cold wind to veterinary consciences and common sense.

People are getting hurt, and sometimes killed, by zoonotic disease emanating from livestock, not least pigs.

It's no time for cover-ups, especially where the culprits hide behind the bastion of Crown Immunity and leave their colleagues to face the gathering storm.

Anyway from this passage, do British pigs have MRSA or not?

Full article here:

"Antibiotic resistance and pig production - is there a link?

...MRSA was first found in the UK in 1959; since 2005, it has also been linked to the pig industry, when Dutch research showed that MRSA had entered the human chain through direct contact with pigs. Soon it was found that about 25% of pig producers carried MRSA bacteria, mainly CC398, not previously found in man. This sparked many researchers around the world to find out whether the bacteria can also be found on pig and other livestock producers around the globe. Research confirmed the connection in most EU countries, as well as in Canada and the USA...."

It does not answer the question, does it?

But it does suggest that it is a legitimate question to ask why MRSA st398  (cc 398) has not been found in British pigs.

A question that should have been answered properly, promptly and fully by government, many years ago.

The reality is that anyone not wanting to find disease, does not look properly, and then later suggests that it came from someone who did  investigate properly and did find disease that they admitted publicly.

Easy to do, of course, but not one to stand hostile scrutiny or make you many friends.

Anyway, the last chance to do that has now passed and the British vetocracy has little option but to come clean and perhaps save a few human lives.