On the weekend starting August 13 2004, the hospital virus MRSA claimed its first canine victim, raising concerns amongst the veterinary community that the virus has already mutated to affect other animals.
The news has prompted the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) to set up a committee to investigate the spread of the disease throughout veterinary surgeries.
Bella, the dog belonging to actress Jill Moss that died from MRSA, was receiving treatment for a torn ligament when she contracted the bug. It is feared that dogs could spread the canine form of the disease to humans, and that it could even enter the food chain if it reaches cows and other livestock.
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