Friday, 14 November 2014

C.Diff and Pigs, a sad success.


Once again, we see the enormous importance of the British newsgroup uk.business.agriculture in tracking the development of antibiotic resistant (and other) zoonotic disease.

This was published yesterday by Eurosurveillance, here. It is self-explanatory.

Eurosurveillance, Volume 19, Issue 45, 13 November 2014

Research articles
WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING REVEALS POTENTIAL SPREAD OF CLOSTRIDIUM
DIFFICILE BETWEEN HUMANS AND FARM ANIMALS IN THE NETHERLANDS, 2002 TO 2011

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Correspondents will know my long-used signature:

"Release and independently audit the results of testing British pigs for MRSA, C.Diff and Hepatitis E now!"

So, all my worst fears on the three mentioned have now been pretty well realised.

Nobody now seriously denies their links to pigs and other livestock farming, but had you realised that I also publicly linked C.Diff to pigs in 2007 and to many human deaths in an East Anglian hospital?

North Americans will see much of interest too, including possible links to Quebec.

You can find the whole sorry story, save deliberate deletions by others, by searching uk.business.agriculture on the various archives including Google Groups.

Try a "James Paget" search.

The DNA sequencing will doubtless provide the final proof of the link.

Now, I need to try to prevent more needless human deaths and will leave others to concentrate on C.Diff, whilst I get on to explain some of the less publicised dangers of Hepatitis E, and how projects such as the Islay High Health Pig Farm and Bornholm can help.

It would be helpful if all the harassment and stalking is stopped immediately.