Wednesday, 7 December 2011

MRSA in Swiss pigs increasing


MRSA is getting worse in Swiss pigs according to this report.

A three fold increase in two years is ominous.

The full text is here


...This study is the first to describe the presence of MRSA ST49 in
slaughter pigs, and to demonstrate a significant and nearly three-fold
increase of MRSA prevalence in pigs within two years. The  presence of
a specific clonal lineage of MRSA from Switzerland suggests that it
has been selected in Swiss pig husbandry. Effective hygiene measures
should be enhanced within the entire pig production chain to suppress
the spread of these pathogens into the community.