Saturday, 22 November 2014

Scotland - Scientists trace MRSA bugs to livestock


The pressure in the UK over MRSA, not least in Scotland, is building.


It looks like the timing for the proposed Islay High Health Pig Farm is perfect.

If Scotland is going to have safe hospitals plus disease free pork and pigs, then Islay can help provide some solutions.

Midlothian local paper report is here.


Scientists trace MRSA bugs to livestock


...A strain of drug-resistant bacteria carried by some livestock - the MRSA strain Staphylococcus aureus CC398 - has also been found in patients, Midlothian-based researchers say...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Aberdeen, Scotland - E.Coli Hotspot.


Aberdeen is, of course, a world hot spot for E.Coli 0157, and that has been so for many years.

You can find plenty to substantiate this statement, and to explain why the Aberdeen area is so vulnerable, on the newsgroup uk.business.agriculture, going back many years and frequent references here over the last seven years

Even the survivors often can't leave it behind. A troubling story illustrating why I spend so much of my life campaigning and facing down the stalkers, harassers and libellers.

As always, read the Herald news report, in full, here.

E.coli bug student requires a second transplant

claire elliot


Wednesday 19 November 2014

A student needs a second life-saving kidney transplant - after eating a contaminated cheese sandwich as a child.

Lois Reid, 22, contracted e.coli 0157 when she was two and needed a donor organ when she was six, following a string of life-threatening infections and a stroke...


Friday, 14 November 2014

C.Diff and Pigs, a sad success.


Once again, we see the enormous importance of the British newsgroup uk.business.agriculture in tracking the development of antibiotic resistant (and other) zoonotic disease.

This was published yesterday by Eurosurveillance, here. It is self-explanatory.

Eurosurveillance, Volume 19, Issue 45, 13 November 2014

Research articles
WHOLE GENOME SEQUENCING REVEALS POTENTIAL SPREAD OF CLOSTRIDIUM
DIFFICILE BETWEEN HUMANS AND FARM ANIMALS IN THE NETHERLANDS, 2002 TO 2011

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Correspondents will know my long-used signature:

"Release and independently audit the results of testing British pigs for MRSA, C.Diff and Hepatitis E now!"

So, all my worst fears on the three mentioned have now been pretty well realised.

Nobody now seriously denies their links to pigs and other livestock farming, but had you realised that I also publicly linked C.Diff to pigs in 2007 and to many human deaths in an East Anglian hospital?

North Americans will see much of interest too, including possible links to Quebec.

You can find the whole sorry story, save deliberate deletions by others, by searching uk.business.agriculture on the various archives including Google Groups.

Try a "James Paget" search.

The DNA sequencing will doubtless provide the final proof of the link.

Now, I need to try to prevent more needless human deaths and will leave others to concentrate on C.Diff, whilst I get on to explain some of the less publicised dangers of Hepatitis E, and how projects such as the Islay High Health Pig Farm and Bornholm can help.

It would be helpful if all the harassment and stalking is stopped immediately.







Sweden - Pig MRSA - Border Controls


In a long article the Swedish newspapers today largely repeat what has already been said yesterday, but there is something new tucked in there, possibly even clarified as a result of us querying and criticising their border controls, on this blog, yesterday.

If it was us, good. If it wasn't, it does not matter. We now have some very useful additional information.

This is the clarification: "One of the reasons that MRSA is not among Swedish pigs is that Swedish pig industry itself has created strict rules for imports of live animals. Among other things, they are tested for MRSA and must be quarantined."

If they are doing that:  great! They had not previously made that clear, and we think we know why - it is against EU rules, and unlike Norway, Sweden is a full member. They did not want to highlight a breach of the rules, even though most countries routinely break such rules, although not as far as we know on this issue.

But the explanation is easier, officially there is no border control, and the controls are entirely voluntary with no penalties for anyone failing to test or quarantine. Sensibly, they don't want any argument about the legality.

That is possible and achievable in a small egalitarian, relatively enlightened, country like Sweden. Voluntary border controls would not work in countries like Britain, Germany or France.

Anyway, it highlights the dangers of free borders controlled by the EU's lethargic veterinary institutions infiltrated and controlled by blatant drug dealers.

The significance of this issue is in its relevance to the proposed Islay High Health Pig Farm and similar schemes such as Bornholm.

Anyway, over the next days, we will be correcting the deliberate disinformation intended to frustrate such developments, and explaining the real purpose, inevitability and importance.

We will start by illuminating some of the less reported problems with Hepatitis E in pigs, adding to the BBC exposure, and explaining how islands such as Islay and Bornholm can become major scientific centres by exploiting their location.

The shame is that the world needs clean pigs as a "starter stock" for such schemes and Britain and Europe seem to have killed off all the clean smallholders' pigs in their rush to impose a veterinarian
controlled, antibiotic dependent, industrial system on livestock farming.

Our healthy pigs were killed as a punishment for reporting state veterinary crime, others were simply driven out of business quite deliberately.

The industrial system is now recognised as a human disaster of the first order and our new articles will begin to introduce the successor.

Swedish report, this morning, in translation, here.

Minister: Seriously that we get MRSA

Published today 6:59

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Danish and German Pork containing MRSA found in Swedish stores.


The Swedish news in English: The Swedes, even their veterinarians, admit the main points about MRSA in pigs, whilst rather underplaying the human consequences.

We have long known that type one diabetics, and cancer patients. are especially at risk and that those risks have been played down, especially in Britain. The figure of around 20-25 per cent for Danish
pork with added MRSA agrees with other figures eg in Danish pork to Britain.

The Swedes rightly make the point that mass medication of pig herds with antibiotics (elsewhere - at the command and to the massive profit of veterinary criminals and drug dealers) is banned in Sweden.

They realise that live imports of pigs to their own herds are a big risk and claim to be controlling imports of live pigs (Our note - we doubt that. At best, the accompanying health certificates are recklessly issued by veterinarians.)

So, not so good as Norway, but still more or less on the side of the very few countries that have the measure of organised veterinary crime and the terrible human consequences.  They still can do little to protect their country and stem the tide.

As always read the news article in full here:

Pork containing MRSA found in Swedish stores


Published: 13 Nov 2014 07:31 GMT+01:00
Updated: 13 Nov 2014 09:31 GMT+01:00
       
A random sampling of Danish and German pork sold in Stockholm supermarkets has revealed the presence of the resistant MRSA bacteria. The study was carried out by Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter in tandem with the National Veterinary Institute (Statens
veterinärmedicinska)...

..."It is just a matter of time before Swedish pigs get the bacteria and there is no plan of action," Bj√∂rn Bengtsson of the National Veterinary Institute told Dagens Nyheter...

...Sweden has strict rules regarding the treatment and the importation of live pigs. Sick animals are treated individually, while in many other countries they give antibiotics to both healthy and sick animals...


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

BBC - One in 10 sausages 'carries risk of hepatitis E virus'



This is the BBC, quite rightly, stuffing Britain's corrupt veterinarians, their apologists and cronies.

The newsgroup uk.business.agriculture, dating back to 2001, is a key source for the investigating authorities

This is the scandal of the century.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-30006977

By Pippa Stephens BBC News health reporter



One in 10 sausages 'carries risk of hepatitis E virus'




Scientists say something about the processed meat in English sausages allows the virus to stay alive



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One in 10 sausages and processed pork meat products in England and Wales could cause hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection if undercooked, experts warn.


There has been an "abrupt rise" in the number of cases in England and Wales as people do not realise the risk, scientists advising the government say.#


Sausages should be cooked for 20 minutes at 70C to kill the virus, they said.


Although serious cases are rare, HEV can cause liver damage or be fatal.


Official government figures show there were 124 confirmed cases of HEV in 2003, which rose to 691 cases in 2013. There were 461 cases in the first six months of this year.


Symptoms include jaundice and sometimes tiredness, fever, nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain.


Most people will get over the virus, although for some, such as those with an immune deficiency disorder, or pregnant women, it can prove fatal.


Prof Richard Tedder, at University College London (UCL), said HEV was "very common" in the UK - not all cases are noticed or recorded.


"This virus is taking off within the pig herds from which this country sources its processed pig meat in sausages and pork pies," he said. Prof Tedder said sausages needed to be "caramelised" - cooked horoughly - before eating to make sure they did not pose a health risk.


"It's a question of getting people to change," he said. "Everybody knows you can get salmonella from chicken."


'Universal' in pigs


He said the virus occurred in the animal and in the blood system and warned it would continue unless there was a "big change" in animal practices, such as introducing different hygiene measures.


Hepatitis E can also be caught from strawberries irrigated with infected water


Dr Richard Bendall, at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, said HEV was the most common virus passed on through animals in Britain.


He said the virus was found in 10% of sausages and processed pork

meat.

This estimate comes from a study that looked at the pork production chain in the UK.


Dr Harry Dalton, also at the Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust, said the virus was not just confined to pigs, people had caught it from strawberries irrigated with infected water.


Shellfish in west Scotland and Tuscany had also infected people, he said.


In Asia and Africa, hepatitis E is more commonly transmitted by contaminated drinking water.



MRSA st398 - Veterinarians 'Bigger Profits than Cocaine Dealers'



This long "Der Spiegel" article only came to our attention today, in the gathering storm now spreading to France and Germany over MRSA st398, veterinary misconduct and drug dealing.

It dates to April 2012, but was not originally available in English.

Anyway it arrived on our horizon today. It tells a familiar tale commendably bluntly.

'Bigger Profits than Cocaine Dealers' being merely one quote. It names names and details some of the scams and criminal conspiracies.

The campaign to insist that governments deal firmly with organised veterinary crime has become an international movement.

The British newsgroup uk.business.agriculture is an important resource tracking the crisis and crime wave since 2001.

The amazing Der Spiegel article is here.


Addicted to Antibiotics: How Factory Farm Drug Abuse Makes Vets Rich


By Nils Klawitter


It's no secret that factory farms use unconscionable amounts of antibiotics when fattening up animals for market. In Germany, however, veterinarians play a crucial role in the abuse. Many are getting rich in the process, but the risks to both human and animals are many...

...Translated from the German by Christopher Sultan