The Bella Moss Foundation will be landing in America in April to spread the word about the growing threat of MRSA in pets, as well as ways that the US veterinary industry can increase early detection and prevention.
The Bella Moss Foundation, a nonprofit organisation based in the United Kingdom dedicated to assisting veterinarians and pet owners with Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), will be landing in America in April to spread the word about the growing threat of MRSA in pets, as well as ways that the US veterinary industry can increase early detection and prevention.
Dr J Scott Weese, advisor to the Bella Moss Foundation, said: “MRSA is a clear and emerging problem with pets in North America. Well over 1,000 infections occur each year, and it is likely that a large number of infections go undiagnosed. The strains of MRSA that cause infections in pets are the same as those that cause disease in people, demonstrating the close relationship between people and their pets, and the impact that people and pets can have on each others’ health.”
Foundation president Jill Moss (right) and co-founder Mark Dosher will be presenting at The American Animal Medical Center, the University of South Florida, and Cornell University to spread the message: MRSA is preventable and treatable if detected early.
Ms Moss said: “Our strategy is to raise awareness of MRSA among US pet owners and to improve clinical approaches to MRSA by veterinarians, as we have in the UK. The US veterinary associations have limited information on MRSA, and we have provided veterinarians in the United States with access to our clinical advisors to help with first-time cases. We hope to aid veterinary associations in the US to make more information widely available for veterinarians.
“Recent research from the 2nd International Conference on MRSA in Animals in London shows that MRSA and other antibiotic resistant bacteria in animals are on the increase, but they can be prevented by increased hygiene and reduced use of antibiotics. Fortunately, with early detection, MRSA in pets can be treated successfully.”
The Bella Moss Foundation will be presenting on how to prevent the spread of MRSA between humans and animals and promoting best veterinary practice at the following dates and venues:
About The Bella Moss Foundation
The Bella Moss Foundation (BMF) is a UK Registered charity (1122246) that provides support and information for veterinarians and pet owners regarding MRSA and other serious infections in animals.
By raising awareness, BMF has helped hundreds of animals worldwide recover from MRSA infections through early detection and the correct treatment. BMF provides direct input into the MRSA (animals) sub group of the DEFRA antimicrobial resistance committee and consumer engagement committee on animals’ welfare. It is an associate member of the Parliamentary All Party Group on Animal Welfare and regularly collaborates with veterinary organizations such as the British Small Animal Veterinary Association, Royal Veterinary College (UK), University of Guelph (Canada) and the Ohio University Department of Vet Clinical Sciences (USA).