Saturday, 29 September 2012

MRSA st398 - Employer and Employee responsibility

This is from a pig farming publication in Denmark, so naturally it is a little defensive and favourable to the industry.

Never the less, it makes the risks and responsibilities of employers to employees, and of both to hospitals, clear.

We don’t need to take precautions in the UK, because Britain repeatedly claims British pigs do not have MRSA st398. (MRSA cc398)  On the basis of inadequate unsupervised tests, forced on them by the EU, British government veterinarians say they have not found any.

If any employee or hospital in Britain does contract MRSA st398 (cc398) directly or indirectly from pigs, any resulting court case will be a classic. Employers will claim they knew of no risks and employees will claim they were not told of any.

Mechanical translation

Report originally in Danish here

MRSA in the community both in humans, pets and livestock. 

The pig-related MRSA CC398 can be treated. Therefore, all who work with pigs, saying that they could be potential carriers of MRSA CC398 when they are in contact with health services.


MRSA is a general term for multidrug-resistant staphylococcus bacteria. MRSA CC398 is one of these bacteria, which can be found in the pig house, where it creates a safety problem. Therefore, all owners who have herd tested positive duty to disclose it to their employees. If an employee is found positive, then the owner should inform all employees about this.
In DANMAP 2011, the annual report on antibiotic consumption from the National Food Institute, shows that 16 per cent. of the Danish pig herds are MRSA positive...