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"Pig MRSA" causing human infections

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Hi, everyone. Apologies for dropping out of sight! As SUPERBUG’s publication draws closer (and it’s very close now), I keep finding new tasks that I have do to. Last week’s was to go to New York to shoot a video for the Simon & Schuster website — and while there, I got caught in Snowpocalypse, […]

Antibiotics and farming — how superbugs happen

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Constant readers: There’s an important new paper that’s been out for a week that I haven’t gotten to you. I apologize; it’s been busy. (Let’s not even talk about the important paper that’s been out for two weeks. Maybe over the weekend…) We’ve talked for ages now about the potential dangers of unrestricted antibiotic use […]

Antibiotics and farming — CBS follow-up video

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Constant readers, CBS News has posted some follow-up video to its two-part series last week on antibiotics in agriculture. It features Dr. David Kessler, former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (which under its current leadership has vowed to re-examine farm-antibiotic use), and Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation. They talk about the […]

CBS antibiotics and farming package, day one

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Constant readers, I hope you saw the CBS News package on antibiotics in farming Tuesday night. (It continues Wednesday.) MRSA played a prominent role, in an account of infections among workers at a chicken plant (the same outbreak, I think, as was described by Prevention magazine last August) and in questions about MRSA in pig […]

Bad news in the President’s budget request

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It’s been a few days since the rollout of the White House’s proposed 2011 budget request, time enough for people to dig deep into the minutiae and figure out what that massive document really says. The Infectious Diseases Society of America has done the drilling for the health and infectious disease line items, and I’m […]

Back again to MRSA in animals, and spreading to humans

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There are two new reports out regarding new findings of “pig MRSA” ST398 (about which we have talked a lot; archive of posts here.) First, researchers from the Complejo Hospitalario Universitario de Vigo and Complejo Hospitalario de Pontevedra, both in Pontevedra in northwest Spain, report that they have identified that country’s first human cases of […]

Once again, flu and bacterial co-infection

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With the H1N1 pandemic trending down, it may seem that the question of how much bacterial co-infection affects the outcome of flu is less important than it was. But though the pandemic is subsiding — for ever, for this season, or just until a third wave, who can say — researchers are just now getting […]

News round-up!

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As promised, lots to catch up on — so here’s a quick round-up of some great reading that I have been stashing and that you may have missed in the past few weeks. BBC News: Disinfectants may train bacteria to resist antibioticsThe BBC Health page (bookmark it!) translates a paper from the journal Microbiology on […]

Warning on ST398: Monitor this now

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Drawing your attention: I have a story up tonight at CIDRAP on a new paper by Dr. Jan Kluytmans, a Dutch physician and microbiologist and one of the lead researchers tracking “pig MRSA,” ST398. (All past stories on ST398 here.) It’s a review paper, which is to say that it summarizes key existing findings rather […]

MRSA in pets – a closer look

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From the research team at the University of Guelph Ontario Veterinary College — who have probably done more than any other group to elucidate MRSA in companion animals — comes a look at MRSA infections in dogs. In order to get better data, the team used a study model that is much-employed in human epidemiology […]