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MRSA Conference

The Bella Moss Foundation is pleased to announce that the second International Conference on MRSA/antimicrobial resistance will take place on 22-26th September 2009 at the New Connaught Rooms, Covent Garden.

The conference, Major sponsor Defra, will outline how MRSA is affecting livestock as well as pets and what can be done to guard against superbugs. The conference will present new evidence that confirms that livestock, companion animal and equine health are all at risk from MRSA and other resistant strains of bacteria.

Jointly organised by the Bella Moss Foundation and the American and European Society of Microbiology, this meeting of minds will draw together speakers and delegates from the United States and Europe to present the most up-to-date research available.

Following the three-day scientific event, on Saturday 26 September, there will be a one-day event aimed at British vets and nurses dealing with practical solutions to protecting veterinary practices from infection.

Jill Moss from the Bella Moss Foundation comments: “Resistant bacteria including MRSA are increasing in animals and when my dog’s death was recorded as the first case in 2004 it was just the tip of the iceberg. The veterinary profession, unlike the NHS, is unregulated in the sense that vets can choose to adopt clinical protocol to reduce infection rates, and whilst there are good vets there are also bad ones and we want the RCVS to make mandatory guidelines available for vets to adhere to in the future. We also want to educate pet owners so they know to ask for their animals to be treated using targeted treatment rather than overusing broad-spectrum antibiotics.”

Professor David Lloyd head of Dermatology (Royal veterinary college Queen mother Hospital for animals says

“This congress combines a high level three-day scientific meeting involving many world authorities reporting on the growing problem of multi-resistant staphylococcal infection in domestic animals with a day devoted to veterinary clinicians in which experts examine the issues of multi-resistant bacteria, including MRSA infection, as they affect pets, horses and farm stock and provide analysis of the most up to date ways of preventing and treating the diseases they cause. These meetings are very timely as such infections in animals are spreading and increasing in frequency, posing a threat not only to the affected animals but also to others that are in contact with them.”

The Bella Moss Foundation supports the owners of animals with MRSA and other serious infections and works with Defra and the veterinary organisations to raise awareness amongst vets. This conference is crucial for reducing the use of antibiotics, which are responsible for new strains emerging.

In addition to this, the European Commission is holding an international antimicrobial awareness day on 18 November promoting the fact that we are overusing antibiotics and there is now growing pressure on the veterinary profession to follow the example set by the NHS.
For the full conference programme and information on registration, visit

As well as being sponsored by Defra, the Second International Conference on MRSA/antimicrobial resistance is co-sponsored by Pet plan, Medic hem, Index diagnostic labs and veterinary business development, and Janssen Animal Health.

The Bella Moss Foundation was set up in 2004 by Jill Moss after her beloved Samoyed, Bella, became the first recorded dog to contract the human strain of MRSA.

The Bella Moss Foundation’s work is now international and in November it will give a series of talks in the USA to raise awareness of antimicrobial resistance in animals, as well as continuing to give talks to British vets on an ongoing basis.

Jill Moss is the only lay member of Defra’s darc sub committee on MRSA in animals. The charity’s patron is TV presenter Peter Purves and its vice patrons are TV vet Marc Abraham and Vince Hogan Managing Director of Our Dogs.

For more information on the conference, the work of the Bella Moss Foundation or case studies of infected animals and owners willing to talk to the press, telephone Jill Moss on 07860 879079 or email cat with mrsa infectionowner passed on infection to cat.
You can also view some of the case studies online at

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