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Action needed to prevent the transfer of MRSA between humans and animals

Press Release   •   Nov 18, 2011 09:45 GMT

Greater awareness of the relationship between human and animal medicine is essential if antimicrobial resistant infections, such as MRSA, are to be tackled effectively, says The Bella Moss Foundation today.

Recent research from the Royal Veterinary College has established a clear link between pets with MRSA infection and owners that have been admitted to hospital. However, The Bella Moss Foundation, which campaigns to minimise the threat of infection between humans and animals, says it is not widely recognised that resistant bacteria can be passed from human to animal.

The charity is now calling on health and veterinary professionals to work together to achieve a reduction in resistant infections by raising awareness and promoting the responsible use of antibiotics. The comments come as the organisation prepares to attend a European conference on the issue as part of EU Antimicrobial Awareness Day on 18th November.

The Bella Moss Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation and the only animal welfare charity that works with both animal and human health agencies to raise awareness by providing information to clinicians and pet owners. For more information, visit www.thebellamossfoundation.com

Jill Moss, President of The Bella Moss Foundation, said today: "Antimicrobial resistance is linked to the overuse of antibiotics and is something which affects humans and animals alike. If we are to tackle it effectively, it is important that clinicians and the public have the information they need. EU Antimicrobial Awareness Day will be an important step in bringing this issue to the attention of a larger audience."

For more information

The Bella Moss Foundation: Jill Moss; 07860 879 079