Friday, 24 February 2012

MRSA in American Swine Veterinarians

American veterinarians and pig farmers are worried.

There has been data showing that veterinarians carry MRSA st398 for quite some years

Unlike the Netherlands, Britain takes no steps to protect its hospitals or patients, presumably becuause her government vets have told the NHS, that there is no MRSA st398 in Britain's pigs.

Full report in "The National Pig Farmer" here

Study Focuses on Safety, MRSA in Swine Veterinarians

Feb. 24, 2012 5:13pm

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) has funded a study of occupational safety in U.S. swine veterinarians, including a long-term study of Staphylococcus aureus and MRSA, according to Peter Davies, DVM, Swine Health and Production, University Of Minnesota, who is leading the project...

...So-called "livestock associated" MRSA (methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus) is a hot topic when it comes to discussions surrounding antimicrobial resistance. Previous studies confirmed that ST398 MRSA can be found in U.S. hogs, farmers, swine veterinarians and pork, although data suggest lower prevalence than in some European countries.

Although it has been shown repeatedly that people with livestock contact commonly have positive nasal cultures for ST398, Davies says two major questions remain to be resolved...