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Farm Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Staph Despite Partial FDA Antibiotics Ban 120

An anonymous reader writes "New research out of the University of North Carolina now shows factory farm workers actually carry drug-resistant staph. Europe has long ago banned the use of antibiotics in livestock, but the FDA remains behind the curve with a partial ban. Thanks to large industrial farming operations, we all remain continuously at risk as our last line of antibiotics is wasted on animals."
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Farm Workers Carry Drug-Resistant Staph Despite Partial FDA Antibiotics Ban

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  • Yea... (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward

    We kinda deserve to get wiped out at this point.

  • PIck Your Hospital? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Jah-Wren Ryel ( 80510 ) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @02:27AM (#44173381)

    So, if you don't want to get MRSA while in the hospital, you should pick one that does not have many farm hands as patients?

  • by ZarathustraDK ( 1291688 ) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @02:33AM (#44173395)
    Y'know, evolution being the path by which this happened, and americans being unable to blame it because that would aknowledge its existence.

    I guess it will get blamed on socialism, Obama, terrorists er something.
    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Black Parrot ( 19622 )

      Y'know, evolution being the path by which this happened, and americans being unable to blame it because that would aknowledge its existence

      I suspect the dominant social factor is the fact that the USA lacks the will (or spine) to impose badly needed regulations if they would cut into someone's profits. Especially if that 'someone' is a whole industry.

    • by c0lo ( 1497653 ) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @03:01AM (#44173485)

      Sad, because the EU may had imposed the ban for nothing: unless they also impose a quarantine against anything/anyone coming from outside, the drug-resistant staph will get into EU (directly from US or via other routes).

      One wonders: would this staph strain they bred qualify to WMD?

      • The Europe has had MRSA since 1994 (first case was internal to the Netherlands): []

        Just FYI.

      • by sjames ( 1099 )

        Nonsense, the U.S. only produces Weapons of Massive Freedom!!!

    • Actually many of those denies will recognize it on a short term, or micro level, such as in this case; but somehow refuse to recognize it on a more macro level. Never heard them give the thought process behind this, other then sound bites.

    • by Empiric ( 675968 )

      Contrary to what you might wish to tell yourself, there are essentially no Americans who don't "acknowledge evolution's existence".

      I challenge you to find one who will bat an eye at the statement that bacteria evolve. That would be the meaning of your statement, and your statement is erroneous.

      What is true is that a number of Americans do not believe evolution is -exclusively- causally creditable for human existence. Not really the same issue though, since to claim this (or make further peculiarly-consi

    • Creationists maintain there is a difference between bacteria, fruit flies, and mice undergoing observable evolution and humans evolving. They call one "microevolution" and the other "macroevolution."

      It's impossible to deny that evolution happens. You can watch it happen, bacteria on antibiotic plates. It is possible to claim that has nothing to do with how humans came to be, all it requires is extreme stupidity and insistence that a holy book is the best way to understand facts.
  • by Burz ( 138833 ) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @02:36AM (#44173407) Homepage Journal

    make sure s/he is organically certified. :)

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @03:03AM (#44173491)

    Contrary to what it say above, antibiotics are not completely banned in Europe for preemptive use in farm animal production. However, there is a list of approved antibiotics for such uses, and relevance of the antibiotics for human medicine is a factor in the rules.

    Here is a link to the Danish treatment guidelines: [] (warning: Excel). In column J there is a ranking of relevance to human medicine.

  • by Bearhouse ( 1034238 ) on Wednesday July 03, 2013 @05:08AM (#44174027)

    To think that farm workers provided a vital clue to eradicating smallpox, when Jenner (and others) noticed that after infection with the less dangerous 'cowpox' they were effectively immune. []

    Mankind's ability to abuse and abase the scientific gifts of such great men is seemingly limitless.

    • This has to be the most mentally confused post I've seen in quite some time.

      First, because a long time ago something happened with farm workers means that today another event has some sort of relevance? I'm not seeing it here.

      Second, cowpox is a virus, antibiotics cure bacterial infections. They weren't developed until the 1930s.

      And this mental vomit is modded up to +4 Informative?!? WTF it has nothing to do with anything.

  • So feed the cattle some garlic, or whatever derivative agrees with a ruminant's digestive system. The allistatin in the cloves is an antibiotic, and a broad spectrum one at that.

    Now, whether anyone wants to be around cattle after being force fed garlic is another matter...the smell will probably be quite frightful.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    I can say most healthcare professionals carry MRSA. Not that MRSA is any more virulent that regular staph, it's only more resistant to some antibiotics. You just need Vanc or some some newer antibiotic to treat it. Many contagions will not harm an otherwise healthy individual.

    • The real drug-resistant bacterial threat is from TDR (totally drug-resistant) Tuberculosis. Two billion people (as in, 2 out of 7 people wordwide) have TB, and TDR TB has been reported [] in at least India, Iran and Italy. Presumably Indiana is next.
  • Engage in practices which are proven to eventually cause a trillion dollar worldwide public health crisis

    Same practices make you marginally more money.. enough for another yacht for you and 100k a year preschool for each of your lobbyists' children , a bunch of plus 40k a month alimony payments all around...

    No missing step!

    Profit !

    The FDA is cock sucking bitch boy of corporate interest. This is what happens when you vote in people who hate government- they stock the government with people determined to unde

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