Animals Can Harbor MRSA
August 21, 2010
Maryn McKenna may be the premier U.S. public health journalist.
Her nickname is "Scary Disease Girl," which she acquired filing reports from places such as a graveyard within the Arctic Circle that held victims of the 1918 flu and a malaria hospital in Malawi. She helped uncover the first cases of Gulf War Syndrome.
In the podcast linked below, McKenna turns her attention to MRSA, the antibiotic-resistant staph strain that kills 19,000 Americans every year.
According to Grist:
"MRSA has a major food angle: Today, as much as 70 percent of antibiotics consumed in the United States go into concentrated-animal feedlot operations, or CAFOs, and these vast, factory-scale animal farms have been shown to harbor a novel MRSA strain."