MRSA Awareness is Mission of British Foundation

In recent years, infections and fatalities due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) have been making the news. However, information specific to equids has sometimes been hard to come by. British actress and broadcaster Jill Moss has thrown herself into changing that reality with the Bella Moss Foundation (BMF), named for Moss' Samoyed dog who died from a post-surgical MRSA infection.

Moss developed the BMF as an extension of her online MRSA information resource for companion animal owners; for 2009, she's increasing equine-specific coverage. "We now have some equine information on our Web site, with plans to add more," she said.

"The BMF does great work, especially with raising the profile of this issue and organizing conferences for MRSA researchers," said Maureen Anderson, DVM, DVSc, large animal internist in the Department of Pathobiology of the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. Anderson is a coordinator of EquIDblog, an online equine infectious disease resource through Guelph's Ontario Veterinary College.

Both Moss and Anderson recommend common-sense MRSA precautions:

  • Avoid over-use of broad spectrum antibiotics.
  • Wash your hands between handling different horses, and avoid touching your nose and face.
  • Keep wounds clean, dry, and covered.
  • Take extra care with high-risk or immuno-compromised individuals.

Moss never thought MRSA education and advocacy would become her life's work. "Losing Bella destroyed my life," she said. "I didn't want her death to be in vain, so I started the Foundation. I just didn't expect it to become a full-time job."

For more information on the Bella Moss Foundation see thebellamossfoundation.com. For their MRSA information resources, see pets-mrsa.com.  

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