Canada, Belgium: MRSA research in pigs
Both Belgium and Canada have announced to start research into the prevalence
of the Multi Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria in
The bacteria is harmless to healthy people but could be lethal to those who
are frail, hence its nickname 'hospital bacteria'.
The bacteria is
being researched in the Netherlands already.
Last year, the discovery
of a connection between the bacteria and its presence in pigs, caused Dutch
hospitals to treat pig producers separately until there was proof the patients
involved were not contaminated.
In Belgium, the bacteria is now being researched after a
Flemish pig processor became ill through pigs carrying the bacteria; it caused
him to be suffering from muscle problems for a long time.
department of public health will now try to get an overview of the situation in
Belgian pig industry.
the Canadian researcher Scott Weese, attached to the veterinary faculty at
Guelph University, Ontario, announced pigs and pig farmers will be the next
research target. Previously, mainly research has been done to horses and horse
â€¢ Guelph University
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