159121 Exploring the links between emerging community-associated infections and the agricultural environment

Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 8:30 AM

Ezra J. Barzilay , Lead, National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System (NARMS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
Several bacterial infections long considered to be nosocomial (hospital-acquired) now occur more in community settings. These include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, E. coli urinary tract infections (UTIs), and C. difficile colitis. New science links these community acquired outbreaks to farms and to food production. This presentation will summarize that science, explore the potential public health implications, and discuss the need to redefine food safety and foodborne illness to include many of the millions of urinary tract infections occurring in U.S. women each year.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe recent findings that demonstrate the transmission of multi-drug resistant Staphylococcus aureus from swine to humans. 2. Discuss the public health implications of a recent study suggesting that drug-resistant strains of E. coli causing urinary tract infections in humans may originate in food animals. 3. Recognize the expanding group of human bacterial infections thought to have origins in food and food animals.

Keywords: Emerging Diseases, Food Safety

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