MRSA CC398 virus from pigs spreads in Denmark

Some 6,000 to 12,000 people in Denmark are MRSA virus carriers, Danish medics say.

MRSA CC398 virus from pigs spreads in Denmark

World Bulletin / News Desk

MRSA CC398, a strain of the virus transmitted primarily through pigs, continues to spread in Denmark, with some 575 people having been reported as infected in the first seven months of 2014.

The number infected by MRSA in Denmark in 2009 was 43 and leaped to 649 people in 2013. In July alone, some 104 people in Denmark were detected as carrying the virus, and four of them died from the disease.

The virus, known as Methicillin-resistant Stapylococcus Aureus (MRSA), can be fatal for people with compromised immune systems, while it does not manifest in healthy people. However, the carriers are a source of transmission of the disease.

People with occupational exposure to pigs come under the greatest risk of contracting the MRSA CC398 virus. The virus became more resistant with the increase in the use of antibiotics in pigs, which was detected in some 137 pig breeding farms.

Dan Jorgensen, Danish minister of food, agriculture and fisheries, said the destruction of pigs carrying the virus would be costly - at around 3.5 billion Danish krone (470 million Euros), but not an effective solution due to the fact that the virus is also transmissible between humans.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Ağustos 2014, 16:36