MRSA superbug widespread in Pigs
The antibiotic-resistant staph bacteria known as
methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) is widespread among both pigs
and pig farmers in Canada, Natural news has reported.
A study published in the journal "Veterinary Microbiology," suggests that
the livestock industry is a possible source of the
Researchers examined 258 pigs on 20 farms in Ontario,
and also tested the workers on those farms. They found that 45 percent of farms,
25 percent of pigs and 20 percent of farmers were infected with MRSA, which is
substantially higher than the rate of infection in the general North American
Among the MRSA strains found on the pig farms was one that
has commonly infected humans in Canada and one that has been associated with
serious skin, breast and heart infections in Europe.
The study has added weight to claims that antibiotic use in
livestock farming may have led to the development of antibiotic resistance in
human diseases. Consumer health advocate Mike Adams said that commercial raising
of livestock for food is fraught with the potential for microbiological
"When we raise pigs, cows, chickens or other animals in
artificial, enclosed, indoor environments, we are practically begging to be
threatened by out-of-control superbugs that breed in such conditions," Adams
â€¢ Natural News
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