The Bella Moss Foundation (BMF) has returned from the United States following a trip to raise awareness of MRSA in animals. The charity’s series of lectures to vets and medical professionals took on added importance as the majority of pet owners contacting the foundation are American.
The Bella Moss Foundation (BMF) has returned from the United States following a trip to raise awareness of MRSA in animals. The series of lectures to vets and medical professionals took on added importance as the majority of pet owners contacting the foundation are American.
In travelling to the United States Bella Moss Foundation founder Jill Moss and company secretary Mark Dosher hoped to pass on the latest information on treatment approaches and infection control as recommended in the UK. The foundation’s experience in America showed that, once the main Centers of Excellence take an issue seriously, effective information can pass quickly to independent front-line practitioners.
Miss Moss said: “MRSA seems to have developed in a different way in the US compared to the UK, with the predominant strains causing infections in people being community rather than hospital acquired, although the problems faced by veterinary practices, clinics and hospitals are essentially the same.”
During the trip, the foundation gave talks at the Animal Medical Center in New York, Cornell Vet School in Ithaca, and the University of South Florida in Tampa Bay. They also met with a number of BMF supporters and sponsors, including BMF adviser Richard Oehler from the University of South Florida.
Dr Oehler said: “We were very excited to have Jill Moss and Mark Dosher visit Tampa on their US tour. Their ‘MRSA in Animals’ presentation was held on April 12 and was well attended by the active infectious disease medical faculty, medical residents, and students of the University of South Florida. The hour-long presentation was warmly received and included a lively discussion on MRSA in livestock and the human food supply.
“We hope this session will inspire each of our audience members to become more involved in our shared goal of broadening awareness of this important syndrome in patients, family members, animal health professionals and medical colleagues.”
The trip also took an unexpected turn when Jill and Mark found themselves stranded in Tampa Bay due to volcanic ash, which led to a number of extra experiences and encounters – all of which are documented on the Bella Moss Foundation website.