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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.
The disease happens when 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.
MRSA infections in the skin are most common, but MRSA can also affect lungs and other organs. It can be a very aggressive infection, and is especially dangerous because it can't be controlled with drugs.