Belgium will start own MRSA research
Belgium will start an own research into a highly
infectuous bacteria in pigs in April. The research will be carried out by the
Belgian Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries (ILVO).
The research will focus on the Methicilline Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus
(MRSA), also known as the hospital bacteria.
bacteria is harmless to healthy people, but can seriously affect the health of
ill people. In the Netherlands, research last year showed that the bacteria was
also found in pigs and pig farmers.
Belgium now would like to find
out to what extent Belgian farms will be infected too - the research will start
in April, Flemish prime minister Yves Leterme www.yvesleterme.be/biografie/
On two sites, with prevalence of the
bacteria confirmed, will be screened very thoroughly.
other animals, surroundings, personnel and family will be examined. This way,
researchers hope to establish how a contaminatio is spreading - and thus they
hope how to stop it.
In the autumn, an additional, bigger research
will follow, organised together with the Flemish ministry of welfare, public
health and family.
â€¢ Belgian Institute for Agriculture and Fisheries (ILVO) (in
ministry of welfare, public health and family (in Dutch)
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