MRSA linked to pig manure on agricultural crops

A study of electronic medical records of thousands of people in Pennsylvania identified about 3000 patients with MRSA and 50,000 with skin and soft tissue infection between 2005 and 2010.

The research team found a significant association between community-acquired MRSA and the practice of fertilising crop fields with pig manure, a link not previously described in the medical literature

They also found a weak association between MRSA and living close to high-density pig farms, but there was no