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.”