A WOMAN from Edgware has raised over thousands in sponsorship money to put on a groundbreaking international conference on MRSA in animals. Jill Moss, of Edgware Bury Lane, became an authority on the subject after her dog died of the human strain, and was approached University of Liverpool Faculty of science to put on an international conference. She said: "I'm really proud to be part of it. It has come about because DEFRA decided to set up a working group on current research into animal MRSA, which can be passed from human to animals and vice versa. They invited me to become the only lay member of the committee. I was then asked to put on a conference by the university. There will be experts from all over the world coming to present their research. From this we will decide the way forward."
Miss Moss has received funding from DEFRA, pet plan and drug companies, Bayer, Medichem and vetroquionol. The conference is due to take place from June 19 - 21 at the University of Liverpool, and will be followed up by a further one in 2008.
Miss Moss is also campaigning for tighter regulations of vetinary practices to prevent MRSA, and is fundraising to set up an animal hospital, which will become a centre of excellence. She said: "There is a reluctance among some staff to nurse animals with
MRSA, because of the risk of infection. I watched my dog, Bella, die an agonising death as I nursed her myself. This has left me determined to make changes for the future for animals and people dealing with MRSA and other
serious infections." For further information visit www.thebellamossfoundation.com
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