Friday, March 13, 2009

Our Pigs, Our Food, Our Health

Cases of MRSA, a type of staph infection that is resistant to antibiotics, have raised concerns that agricultural practices in hog farms could be fueling a public health threat.

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Unknown said...

I have spent almost decade on this disaster, day after day: there at the beginning, with pigs and in pig country when the horror story started

There is little doubt that MRSA in pigs has been leaking into the hospitals for some years.

There was a nasty mutation to a porcine circovirus in Britain in 1999 which caused an epidemic that required huge quantities of antibiotics to handle the consequences.

MRSA in pigs was the result, usually the ST398 strain.

The Dutch picked up the problem about four years ago and commendably make everything they knew public.

Both circovirus and MRSA epidemics have now travelled the world along with accompanying cover-ups. It is quite a nasty situation - now coming to light in the USA.

MRSA st398, mutated circovirus and various other unpleasant zoonotic diseases have now reached American pig farms.

The people exposing the scandal in the US are to be commended.

Pat Gardiner
Release the results of testing British pigs for MRSA and C.Diff now! and

Tom Mack said...

Thank you, Pat, for the additional information on this very real health issue!
See Pat's links at and for more information.

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