MRSA superbug

MRSA superbug found in pigs increasingly jumping to humans, study finds

The MRSA strain methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus has emerged in livestock during the last 50 years in Europe, thought to be due to widespread antibiotic use in pig farming and farming intensification. It has led to particular concerns about livestock as reservoirs of antibiotic-resistant human infections.

MRSA was first identified in human patients in 1960 and the World Health Organisation now considers MRSA one of the world's greatest threats to human health.