Nearly 80% of antibiotics in the U.S. are sold for use in animal feeds. Despite the established connection between antibiotic overuse and creation of drug-resistant bacteria, large animal factories continue to give hogs and other animals excessive doses of antibiotics.
Persons living near CAFO hog farm operations are at increased risk of developing MRSA (Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus, a drug-resistant bacteria), according to a recent Johns Hopkins University study. Overuse of antibiotics in the hogs kills off the normal Staph. aureus bacteria in the guts, which gives the drug-resistant strains room to grow. These drug-resistant "super-bacteria" then pass in the animals' feces and surrounding environment, infecting those who live nearby or work with the animals.
Wallace & Graham's hog farm MRSA attorneys have been investigating complaints by many people who live near factory hog growing operations in eastern North Carolina and have MRSA infections. In severe cases, these infections can lead to limb loss or death. If you or someone you love has a hog farm MRSA infection which may be linked to a hog farm, call our hog farm MRSA attorneys for a free consultation.