Livestock-Linked Infections

Not only do some workers at industrial hog production facilities carry multidrug-resistant staph bacteria in their noses, they may also be developing skin infections from the bacteria, suggests a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study.

Of the 183 people included in the study, 44% of hog workers and 31% of members of their households tested positive for staph bacteria. Among the hog workers and the children who lived with them, 6% and 11% respectively reported a recent skin and soft tissue infection.
Close to half of the bacteria strains carried by hog workers and nearly a third of strains carried by household members were multidrug-resistant.
Source: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

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