Friday, 14 December 2012

MRSA st398 - Reform in Britain underway


We were not the only one to notice the lack of testing for MRSA st398 in Britain obviously and four of the five source institutions are British: the other Danish.

Reform is under way in Britain, many years too late, of course.

Maff-Defra , Britain's Agricultural Ministry (changed name) must be scared witless of just what is going to emerge from the shadows from many years of rampant serious crime and corruption.

We could not believe it when they took to threatening witnesses to Parliament at Westminster

We have been been taking congratulations in the last couple of hours. That's nice after so many years of unpleasantness and abuse.

The obvious route will be a Royal Commission of Enquiry. We first asked for that in 2000. Now it is inevitable.

Full report from Eurosurveillance here


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Eurosurveillance, Volume 17, Issue 50, 13 December 2012
Rapid communications

FIRST DETECTION OF LIVESTOCK-ASSOCIATED METICILLIN-RESISTANT STAPHYLOCOCCUS AUREUS CC398 IN BULK TANK MILK IN THE UNITED KINGDOM,
JANUARY TO JULY 2012
G K Paterson1, J Larsen2, E M Harrison1, A R Larsen2, F J Morgan1, S J Peacock3,4, J Parkhill4, R N Zadoks5, M A Holmes ( )1
1. Department of Veterinary Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
2. Microbiology and Infection Control, Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark
3. School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom
4. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Wellcome Trust, Cambridge, United Kingdom
5. Moredun Research Institute, Penicuik, United Kingdom
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Citation style for this article: Paterson GK, Larsen J, Harrison EM, Larsen AR, Morgan FJ, Peacock SJ, Parkhill J, Zadoks RN, Holmes MA.

First detection of livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus CC398 in bulk tank milk in the United Kingdom, January to July 2012. Euro Surveill. 2012;17(50):pii=20337. Available online:
http://www.eurosurveillance.org/ViewArticle.aspx?ArticleId=20337
Date of submission: 27 November 2012
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Livestock-associated meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus belonging to clonal complex 398 (LA-MRSA CC398) is an important cause of zoonotic infections in several countries, but there is only a single published report of this lineage from the United Kingdom (UK).

Here, we describe the isolation of LA-MRSA CC398 from bulk tank milk from five geographically dispersed farms in the UK. Our findings suggest that LA-MRSA CC398 is established in livestock in the UK.

Awareness of the potential occupational risks and surveillance in other food-producing animal species should be promoted...