MRSA found in UK poultry

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LA-MRSA find presents 'low risk' in UK poultry
LA-MRSA find presents 'low risk' in UK poultry

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The first case of livestock associated Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) has been found on a poultry farm in the UK, according to the Department of Health.

The presence of (LA-MRSA) was discovered in turkeys and chickens on an unnamed farm in East Anglia.

The risk to the public is “very low​”, said the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) and the strain is found in livestock in Europe.

Steve Wearne, director of policy at the Food Standards Agency, said: “Any risk of contracting MRSA through meat from animals with these bacteria is very low when usual good hygiene and thorough cooking practices are observed.

“All poultry should be handled hygienically and cooked thoroughly to destroy any bacteria that may be present.”

LA-MRSA is different than the MRSA that causes healthcare-associated infections in people.

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