Thursday, 24 January 2013

MRSA infection in Danish pig farms rising, Britain silent.



Reading the position in Denmark, and noting their integrity and transparency, we can now all see the mess created by Britain's government veterinarians.

They have not tested properly, yet have still claimed British pigs were clear of MRSA st398.

The technology now exists to tell us how long MRSA st398 has been in British pigs and, obviously, when they are finally forced to admit its presence, they will also be forced to test old samples.

If they won't do it, and transparently, it will be done privately and abroad.

We will then find out what they were hiding up, where it came from, where it went, and how much damage was done to human health, by this total dereliction of duty to protect the public over many years.

Then, aided by a new lively British medical establishment exceptionally worried about MRSA in humans, people will be better protected.

The bills and claims for compensation will roll in and they will have to be paid.

Reform, of the Government veterinary services, is now inevitable.

Britain and its people can't afford, and do not deserve, this kind of ridiculous performance.

You can read the Danish Government report here.

23-01-2013

Ministers will examine MRSA infection in Danish pig farms


Food Minister Mette Gjerskov puts Food & Drug Administration to examine the prevalence of swine bacterium MRSA CC398 in Danish pigs. This is because new figures show an increasing prevalence of the bacterium in the Danish slaughterhouses.

New figures from the Food & Drug Administration shows that 88 per cent. of slaughter pigs in Danish slaughterhouses are infected with MRSA CC398. It is a doubling in a year, and an additional study of pig herds should show whether there has been an increase in the Danish pig farms.

"There are indications that many pigs are infected in the slaughterhouse or on the way to the slaughterhouse, but we have to be confident in our case, so I put it here investigation of the Danish stables in time," says Mette Gjerskov.

The authorities monitor already bacteria closely, and there is nothing to suggest that MRSA when people eat pork. However, MRSA infection from animals to humans by regular contact. The problem of pigs bacteria is that it is resistant to several types of antibiotics, and it is therefore difficult to treat it.

"It is an issue we take very seriously. Resistant bacteria are a threat to human health, and the health minister and I have therefore undertaken a number of initiatives to address the problem," says Mette Gjerskov.

Food Minister, together with the Minister of Health set up a task force to come up with concrete suggestions on how we can stop the spread of MRSA from pigs.

In addition, a majority in Parliament in the new political agreement on veterinary field for the next four years decided to focus on the responsible use of antibiotics to combat the development of resistance. This includes Action against inappropriate bunch of medication, where all animals in a herd are routinely given antibiotics, although not all of them are sick.

Facts
The latest figures for the incidence of MRSA CC398 in Danish pig herds from 2010 and 2011. They showed that there is found MRSA CC398 in 16 per cent. of the Danish pig herds.

In 2011 and 2012, sampled pigs in slaughterhouses. The results of these studies show that 44% (2011) respectively 88% (2012) of the examined pigs were positive for MRSA.CC398.