Livestock-associated MRSA found in poultry

The Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency (AHVLA) has identified the presence of Livestock-Associated Meticillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (LA-MRSA) on a poultry farm.

The discovery of this livestock-associated strain of MRSA in poultry should present a very low risk to human health, provided normal hygiene and cooking procedures are followed. In general, poultry meat should always be cooked well, and this will kill off this strain of MRSA and other bacteria. People preparing meat should ensure that they thoroughly wash their hands, utensils and surfaces that have come into contact with uncooked meat. The NHS have a comprehensive guide on safe handling and cooking of poutry:

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