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New Superbug Strain Found In Cows and People 144

sciencehabit writes "A novel form of deadly drug-resistant bacteria that hides from a standard test has turned up in Europe. Researchers found the so-called MRSA strain in both dairy cows and humans in the United Kingdom, suggesting that it might be passed from dairies to the general population. But before you toss your milk, don't panic: The superbug isn't a concern in pasteurized dairy products."
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New Superbug Strain Found In Cows and People

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  • And there it is (Score:5, Interesting)

    by erroneus ( 253617 ) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @07:36PM (#36338902) Homepage

    Not long ago, there was a story about a group suing the FDA to stop antibiotic use on cows. []

    It has been known for a long time that the continuous use of antibiotics lead to the cultivation of "superbugs." And here we have it now.

    Will the FDA actually take notice on this issue now? We'll see I guess...

  • Re:And there it is (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Haedrian ( 1676506 ) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @07:42PM (#36338932)

    But think of the profit loss! You think this country was founded on the principles of taking care of future generations?

    Gimmie my quick buck and to hell with the future.

    Yes I'm being satirical but its pretty much how everything works. From superbugs to climate change to renewable resources to giving away liberties to fight the 'secret new enemy'

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday June 04, 2011 @07:43PM (#36338936)

    I just posted on reddit under reddit/r/science because I got tired of reading news pieces like this. Antibiotic resistance has been taken care of by the use of bacteriophages. Basically phages are viruses for bacteria and they continually evolve with the ever evolving strains of bacteria. For each type of bacteria and the different strains there is a phage which will kill it.

    For more info please read my post:

    Now if we could just get big pharma behind these non-patentable viruses found in nature and we'd see wide spread use of them in the west...

  • by DevotedFollower ( 2232516 ) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @07:54PM (#36339016)
    I am getting tired of reading these news articles about antibiotic resistance. We have the solution to dealing with antibiotic resistance from nature. Bacteriophages are viruses that only attack bacteria and can be used to treat patients or food for bacterial infections. They evolved with bacteria as new strains appear. For each type of bacteria and their different strains there are phages that will work against them. I made a post on reddit about my ordeal with an antibiotic resistant infection I had and how phagetherapy saved me. Feel free to pm me on either site if you have more questions. []
  • Re:Organic milk? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cvtan ( 752695 ) on Saturday June 04, 2011 @08:22PM (#36339156)
    My favorite is BMW advertising that they use organic alcohol in their car-care products. I'd hate to use that inorganic alcohol stuff on MY car! In other environmental news, Poland Spring bottled water now is greener than ever since they have reduced the height of the cap on their plastic bottles: "Smaller Cap=Less Plastic!". The cap is now a choking hazard.
  • by Mashiki ( 184564 ) <> on Saturday June 04, 2011 @08:43PM (#36339242) Homepage

    Except in your example, and that of the CDC, the cheeses are all soft. Soft cheeses don't develop proper cultures to kill off the bad bacteria cultures that promote proper flavoring, textures and so on. Then again, I drank raw milk for 20 years. My parents, grand parents, and their parents before them drank it for years as well. I suppose there's more of an issue in this day and age of people not following what we'd call on the farm of 'don't wipe your mouth with shit' method of keeping things clean. Seriously? My grandmother, mother, and so on were religious in cleaning prep before doing kitchen work. The shit I see today from people makes me cringe.

    Personally? I'd lay more blame at the generation of people who use the antibacterial handsoaps/wipes/lotions/etc for contributing to this mess than anything. And I'll say it again. I fucking told you, that you'd doom us all.

  • by Archangel Michael ( 180766 ) on Sunday June 05, 2011 @01:27AM (#36340432) Journal

    You don't even see the problem in your post, because it is so ingrained into our society.

    Your first sentence is fine. Make fun of those people all you want. It is your second (perens) is where the problem is. WHY is there liability for RAW milk, in such a way that a STATE feels like it needs to regulate it by laws? You realize that this line of thinking is why we call it the "Nanny State", right?

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