Tuesday, 27 March 2012

MRSA in Pigs - no holiday relief.


Research confirming what we have always believed: insufficient attention is paid to pig farmers, pork handlers and veterinarians when entering hospital.

MRSA st398 colonisation is hard to clear.

Colonised veterinarians pose a risk to all the farms they visit, all the animals they treat, and all the people they meet. That includes their own families.

Covering up MRSA st398 in British pigs, by Britain's veterinary establishment for years was not clever: it was stupid.

Abstract with more detail here

Does nasal colonization with livestock-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in pig farmers persist after holidays from pig exposure?

...Livestock-associated Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) is frequently transmitted from pigs to farmers. This study analyzed whether an absence from direct contact with pigs during holidays had an impact on nasal MRSA colonization rates of pig farmers. Overall, 59% of the farmers did not clear from MRSA colonization during their leave...