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MRSA in the Supermarket

MRSA, or methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a form of staph bacteria that resists antibiotics (including methicillin), making it hard to treat, even lethal. It is widely known that MRSA can be contacted in hospitals, at gyms or community centers. However, news studies suggest that MRSA might be thriving in the meat isle of the supermarket. Researcher Tara Smith, PhD, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the University of Iowa, studied two large Midwestern hog farms and found the strain, ST398, in 45% of farmers and 49% of pigs. Cooking kills the microbe, but MRSA thrives on skin, so you can contract it by touching infected raw meat when you have a cut on your hand, or in nasal passages, so touching your nose after touching meat gives the bug another way into your body.

To read the full article please search online for The superbug in your supermarket

Bacteria and viruses easily mutate in the crowded environments of factory farms. Besides causing unimaginable suffering to God’s farmed animals, we are also managing to create dangerous bugs that threat our health and the health of the generations to come. The transition to a plant-based diet is an effective way to avoid many diseases and to show compassion to God’s farmed animals.

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