An online animal MRSA advice service, developed by the Bella Moss Foundation, is to go live on November 1. The service, which is aimed at veterinarians and owners, will allow clinicians and academics to share information, while offering owners up-to-date information.
An online animal MRSA advice service, developed by the Bella Moss Foundation (BMF), is to go live on November 1. The service, which is aimed at veterinarians and owners, will allow clinicians and academics to share information, while offering owners up-to-date information.
Articles about MRSA and related pathogens will be available to download free of charge on the website. The foundation is also considering including a moderated forum to enable animal owners and vets to interact directly.
An outline of the new service, which will be made available via the BMF website, was presented to vets at an event held at BVA headquarters in London on October 22.
Speaking about the advice service at the launch event, BMF founder Jill Moss said: “It will offer up-to-date information on clinical issues and help support people and pets with resistant bacterial infections. The foundation has broadened its focus now, because there are a number of resistant pathogens emerging that have the potential to be more devastating than MRSA.
“The keys to overcoming them are infection control, early detection of infections and responsible antibiotics use. If these are used wisely we can prevent the lives of our companion pets and other animals being lost unnecessarily.”
Also present at the launch, BVA president Harvey Locke said: “MRSA can be a hugely distressing disease, whether it is a person infected or an animal. It’s a very complex problem and often surrounded by myths and misunderstanding. That’s why education is so important, partly to dispel the myths but also to help improve knowledge of how the infection spreads. We know it is likely that most veterinary practices will encounter a small number of animals that are colonised or infected with MRSA.”
Mr Locke added: “Jill has a panel of well-informed vets who provide advice whenever it’s needed. BVA has taken part in a number of seminars organised by the BMF and other organisations and we have produced guidance on our website to veterinary surgeons in practice.”
BMF clinical advisor and RVC professor of veterinary dermatology David Lloyd said: “There has been a worrying increase in the number of pets reported with MRSA infections. The causes for this seem to be complex, and research to understand this emerging infection in animals and people is continuing. The BMF has been very helpful explaining to pet owners the complexity of these issues.”
- For further information, visit The Bella Moss Foundation website.