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.
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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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