THE BRITISH Veterinary Association has urged farmers not to panic over reports of the disease Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus arising in animals.
The MRSA bacterium, branded a superbug by the media, is normally associated with hospital patients.
But a study by vets has now revealed that the bug is also present in animals.
In an attempt to quell fears BVA president elect Freda Scott-Park played down concerns of animal to human transmission.
“The alarm being generated is completely unnecessary,” said Dr Scott-Park.
“It is important for people to realise that the incidence is still very, very low and those who undertake hygienic precautions are at minimal risk.”