February 17, 2010

More from Katie Couric on Antibiotic Broadcast

Chris Stevens

Chris Stevens

Communications Director

Center for a Livable Future

Yesterday, CBS News’ Katie Couric had former FDA Commissioner Dr. David Kessler and “Fast Food Nation” author Eric Schlosser on @katiecouric to discuss further last week’s two-part series on the overuse of antibiotics in industrial farm animal production. “There are real risks here, using drugs in a non-therapuetic context,” Dr. David Kessler said. “This industry has a record of viciously going after anyone who criticizes their practices,” Schlosser told Couric, recalling the industry suit against talk show host Oprah Winfrey.

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  1. IN regards to the Industry hype about that mean old Katie Couric and CBS on the Danish Study on antibiotics and the overuse there of, or not, I wish to submit the following ;

    >>>We identified a clone of S. aureus previously associated with outbreaks of infections in animals and in humans who work with animals in 2 unique collections of S. aureus isolates. The first was from a population-based study of S. aureus colonization among residents of northern Manhattan in New York, NY, USA; <<>>Consequently, the clone is identified by multilocus sequence typing as sequence type 398 (ST398). <<<


    From Emerging Infectious Diseases Staphylococcus aureus ST398, New York City and Dominican Republic


    First human isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus sequence type 398 in Spain

    C. Potel & M. Álvarez-Fernández & L. Constenla & P. Álvarez & S. Perez Received: 31 July 2009 / Accepted: 13 December 2009 # Springer-Verlag 2010


    Eurosurveillance, Volume 13, Issue 9, 28 February 2008

    Rapid communications

    First outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 in a Dutch hospital, June 2007



    MRSA in livestock animals-an epidemic waiting to happen?


    Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 May; 15(5): 845-847. doi: 10.3201/eid1505.081417. PMCID: PMC2687035

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    Community-acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 Infection, Italy


    Volume 15, Number 7-July 2009 Dispatch Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus ST398 in Swine Farm Personnel, Belgium

    Abstract We assessed methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in persons on 49 swine farms in Belgium. Surveys showed that 48 (37.8%) persons carried MRSA ST398 and 1 (0.8%) had concurrent skin infection. Risk factors for carriage were MRSA carriage by pigs, regular contact with pigs and companion animals, and use of protective clothing.


    doi:10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.12.044 | How to Cite or Link Using DOI Copyright © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Permissions & Reprints

    Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) ST398 associated with clinical and subclinical mastitis in Belgian cows


    Thursday, February 11, 2010

    Denmark’s Case for Antibiotic-Free Animals NEW YORK, Feb. 10, 2010


    please see full text below ;



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