Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is a global health threat. The WHO global action plan on AMR mentions LA-MRSA (Livestock-associated Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus) that is prevalent in pigs in many countries. The public health threat is generally low but for affected individuals it is a serious health risk and the societal costs may be high.
This project will provide a much-needed basis for LA-MRSA control in Swedish pig production. Due to a lack of strategy for positive findings, no surveillance is currently conducted. The project uses theoretical models to simulate the spread of LA-MRSA, and different control measures are assessed for cost-efficiency.
In this PhD project, the basic model is built and simulation of spread and control comes next. Collaboration with researchers in Denmark and Norway uses their experiences and data. Cooperation with Swedish farmers' organisations and veterinary authorities ensures that the results are directly applicable for the end-users.