The first case of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in poultry in the UK has been found in turkey and chicken from a farm in East Anglia. According to the report on the BBC’s website some meat has already been sold to consumers and the farmer is cooperating with the Department of Health (DH).
There have been cases recorded of Livestock-Associated (LA) MRSA in dog, cat, rabbit and horse in the UK but this is the first case in poultry. A spokesman for the DH said the chances of (LA) MRSA infecting a human are low especially if sensible food hygiene standards are followed, i.e. cook the meat thoroughly to kill the bacteria and don’t use the same boards for raw and cooked meat etc.