MRSA and Animals
August 2, 2010 6:11 PM Subscribe
posted by cybercoitus interruptus (21 comments total)
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Optimal control of MRSA's spread and diversity would involve attention to the role of pets
and livestock, especially factory-farmed livestock
(40 minute podcast -- no transcript, but here
is the text of an interview that covers some of the same ground as the podcast.) Science journalist Maryn McKenna: "[Bacteria are] unpredictable and dynamic
. . . We have few treatment options, so we need to be much more thoughtful."
Worms & Germs Blog observes: "There's a line between prudence and paranoia, and we don't want to create a population of germophobes who won't leave the house. However, we want to increase awareness so people do a better job of things like washing their hands" and asking health care providers [and vets?] to wash their hands
, "and covering their mouths properly when coughing or sneezing
"We are not a population of people living with dogs, cats, horses etc. - we are a population of animals.
US-specific details, and suggestions for change, are in McKenna's blog
and her new book, Superbug
. The FDA is accepting input until August 30 on its Draft Guidance on the Judicious Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials In Food Producing Animals
Also, interesting non-MRSA tidbits from the Worms & Germs Blog:
If you've turned your cat into a biohazardous (and stinky) norovirus vector, what do you do to clean it up?
Reptiles and infants don't mix
Garden veggies and poopy parasites
Eye Protection Urged For People With Tarantulas
Ear Mites -- "a little academic curiosity along with minimal squeamishness can provide some interesting information"