Superbacteria Found in Swedish Pigs

The antibiotic resistant bacteria, MRSA, has for the first time been discovered in pigs in Sweden, reports news agency TT on Thursday. Until now, the superbacteria had only found in the nation among some horses, dogs and cats.

The bacteria is a strain of Staphylococcus that above all is known for infecting people, but completely healthy individuals can also be carriers. Until now, the bacteria has been absent from Swedish pigs, but its presence has been detected in pig populations in nearly all of the other countries in the EU.

MRSA is not a health problem in pigs. In general, there is not a big contagion risk for humans, unless they have close contact with the pigs, says Helle Unnerstad, a veterinarian with the National Veterinary Institute.

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