Much more research needs to be done but the numbers are not good. In an article by New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof, he cites a study done at the University of Iowa that found 45% of the pig farmers that she tested had MRSA while 49% of the pigs did as well. The problem is we don’t know how it is transmitted, although pig farmers seem to have a higher proportion of the antibiotic-resistant staph infection. In 2005, the American Medical Association (AMA) reported 100,000 infections and more than 18,000 deaths in the U.S. from MRSA, which is greater than the death toll from AIDS.
Research continues, but everyone agrees the only thing to do right now is emphasize safe and clean handling and cooking when it comes to pork.
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