MRSA discovered on Swiss pig and cattle farms

02-03-2009 | |

For the first time, the Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) bacteria has been found at several farms in Switzerland.

The bacteria was found in one pig and two cows on farms in the West of Switzerland, the Swiss federal veterinary office (BVET) reports. In addition, three producers have been contaminated.

The infections were discovered through research by the University of Lausanne and the Institute Galli-Valerio, that investigated over 100 farms on MRSA. They discovered the prevalence of the MRSA strain ST398.

The research will be expanded over the year.

The connection between MRSA in pigs has also recently been established in the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Canada and the USA.

Related article:
Questions and answers around MRSA in pigs (Pig Progress, Volume 24, 8)©©

Related website:
Swiss federal veterinary office (BVET)

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Vincent ter Beek Editor of Pig Progress / Topic: Pigs around the world