Food Handlers at Risk for MRSA Infections from Pigs
The latest peanut recall stemming from the Peanut Corporation of America in Georgia shone a bright light on how the United States has a failed our food safety network.
Recently, researchers at the University of Iowa published a study about MRSA infection in swine and swine workers. The study tested 299 pigs and 20 workers from Iowa and Illinois pig farms finding a strain of MRSA that was prevalent in 49 percent of the pigs and 45 percent of the pig handlers.
MRSA is a type of infectious strain that is resistant to the antibiotics that are used to treat it. There have been more deaths from the elusive MRSA than recent data on HIV/AIDS.
Once MRSA is introduced, it spreads between pigs and their caretakers. Since Iowa ranks first in pig production, researchers want to assess the safety production of pigs, pig products, pig handlers, and meat packers who come in contact with raw pig products as well as other meat products like beef, poultry, lamb, and goat. More information about common workplace hazards.
Americans Want Health Insurance With or Without Jobs
Keeping businesses open and people employed as well as creating new jobs is a very important concern.
Almost eight in 10 Americans want health insurance companies to cover anyone who applies, even if they have a pre-existing condition. Support remains high even when the public is given the argument that such a change may raise health insurance costs for healthier people even as it lowers them for the less healthy.