NORWAY - The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has identified four cases of MRSA (Staphylococcus aureus that are resistant to antibiotics) in Norwegian pigs. The country's food safety authority, the National Veterinary Institute and the swine industry are now considering measures to prevent spread of the disease.
"While this poses no immediate health risk, the finding is something we take seriously," said Orhan Åmdal from the FSA.
In 2012, FSA carried out a mapping programme on the incidence of MRSA in pig herds. In the anonymous survey was the animal-associated variant, MRSA ST398, demonstrated in samples from one of the 175 herds.