Research to the so-called MRSA bacteria in the
Netherlands should not only be carried out in pig industry, but in all other
sectors of livestock industry as well.
Dutch microbiologist Sander Leenders suggested this after the finding of the Methicillin
Resistant Streptococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria in a Dutch poultry
farmer, 60, and in five other adults at two more poultry
Last year, the MRSA
bacteria, also known as 'hospital bacteria' became a problem in the Netherlands,
as the bacteria could seriously affect already weakened hospital patients - even
resulting in death.
Recent research revealed that the bacteria was
found in about 40% of the pigs as well, after which more research was announced
to investigate the exact relationship between pigs and the highly infectuous
Leenders, whose discovery was published in Infectieziektenbulletin
by the The Netherlands Health Care
Inspectorate, this research should be broadened to all sectors of animal
husbandry, in order to get a total picture.
"It is important to know
in which animals the bacteria exist and in which they do not. At the moment a
research is carried out with pig farmers and fattening calves. This however,
does not supply a complete picture. As soon as we do, we could start looking for
causes of the infection."
â€¢ Canada, Belgium: MRSA research in pigs
(12 Jan 2007)
â€¢ New research into MRSA bacteria
(3 Oct 2006)
â€¢ The Netherlands
Health Care Inspectorate
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