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MRSA Detected in Norwegian Pig Herds

19 September 2013

NORWAY - A special variant of animal-associated Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) has been detected in samples from 11 pig herds in eastern Norway and from five farms in Rogaland.

Both eastern and western Norway have had infected herds due to trade and through contact with pigs and/or by personal contact. However, there is no known exposure between herds in eastern Norway and farms in Rogaland.

The bacterium has probably been introduced into two piglets producing herds in Norway through contact abroad.

The Food Safety Authority has implemented extensive measures to combat bacteria in herds where pigs are infected.

The Veterinary Institute is conducting laboratory analysis and measures to eliminate bacteria and limit the risk of further spread.

MRSA bacteria usually causes no health problems in animals, but it can be transmitted to humans where it is primarily a problem in health care. Healthy people rarely get serious infections and there is little risk of MRSA to infect humans via food.

ThePigSite News Desk

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