Wednesday, 26 December 2012

New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply - Health News -Health & Families - The Independent

New MRSA superbug strain found in UK milk supply - Health News - Health & Families - The Independent.

A new strain of MRSA has been found in British milk, indicating that the superbug is spreading through the livestock population and poses a growing threat to human health.



The new strain, MRSA ST398, has been identified in seven samples of bulk milk from five different farms in England.

The discovery, from tests on 1,500 samples, indicates that antibiotic-resistant organisms are gaining an increasing hold in the dairy industry.





This is extremely worrisome as MRSA or Methicillin-Resistent Staphylococcus aureus is a huge infection control concern and the increased use of important antibiotics with livestock is further creating these problems. Unfortunately, we are going to need new research to find new antibiotics at the rate resistance is occurring so we can battle these infections.

-K


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