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Pigs In The Neighborhood Mean More Infection

If you live near a pig farm and you value your health, you might be well-advised to move. Research in the Netherlands shows that your chances of being infected by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) increase when livestock operations like pig farms are in your locality.

“In the past, MRSA has been largely associated with hospitals and other health care facilities, but in the last decade the majority of infections have been acquired in the community outside of a health care setting,” says Ellen Silbergeld, Ph.D., co-author of the study and a professor with the Bloomberg School of Public Health’s department of environmental health sciences.

Staphylococcus aureus is a pathogen that can cause a range of illnesses in humans, from minor to life-threatening skin, bloodstream, respiratory, urinary and surgical site infections. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, MRSA is a type of staph bacteria that is resistant to penicillin and certain first-line antibiotics called beta-lactams.

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About the Author: Carl Lowe has written about health, fitness and nutrition for a wide range of publications including Prevention Magazine, Self Magazine and Time-Life Books. The author of more than a dozen books, he has been gluten-free since 2007.

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  • http://EasyHealthOptions. don

    This report sounds like hogwash . Sorry! Can’t go with it .

  • Stuart Shepherd

    I live in Washington, DC. The whole place is a pig farm but I can’t afford to move away! What should I do? I’m afraid of catching some intelligence-resistant hogwash (pardon the pun!) from some of these politicians! In actuality (although I really do live in DC and am afraid of my brain being rotted), I grew up directly across the street from a pig farm and I could easily see how this problem could occur with the use of antibiotics in their feed (they’re called “pigs” for a reason!- they wallow around in what they both eat and excrete). The antibiotics are unnecessary and even counterproductive in the long run (I’m also a doctor) as they decrease the animals’ natural immune response. Anything for a buck, I guess.

  • Sam W.

    This is what happens when animals are packed tightly together and given atibiotics to stop the spread of disease some don’t get enough and develop antibiotic resistant organisms.