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The Bella Moss Foundation is a charity which promotes prudent antimicrobial use and hygiene in human and veterinary medicine. It was set up in 2005 by Jill Moss, an actress, following the death of her dog, Bella, from a badly managed MRSA infection, and has developed into an international champion of good practice linking patients and veterinary clients with best practice resources and access to good advice.
Whether you’re looking after an ill pet, a person with a serious infection, someone who has concerns about how infection spreads, have an interest in controlling infections, are a farmer, a doctor, a student, a vet or vet nurse, the Bella Moss Foundation is a source of information on resistant bacteria like meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), how they spread and how we can control them.
The Bella Moss Foundation communicates on a regular basis with the general public, academic institutions, government departments and leading researchers around the world. We spread our message through our website, leaflets and educational seminars as well as press articles. We do this to save lives and to prevent the spread of infections that are passed between humans and animals.
We collaborate with human and animal health associations and we are part of the One Health Initiative.
Our website is a free educational resource and we have no paid staff.
To find out our story and how we began is here read Bella & Jill’s story
We need your help!
Please help us with our academic research as part of national antimicrobial awareness day 18/11/13 fill in our survey on responsible use of antibiotics. We need as much feedback from pet owners as possible – take our short survey of 5 questions.
Abstract from article ‘The most important question that we have to ask is: does this patient really need antimicrobials?’ said Alexandra Vilén, chair of the FECAVA hygiene working group, when
The Bella Moss Foundation is supporting European Antibiotics Awareness Day today with the launch of two educational posters for pet owners, covering hand hygiene and the responsible use of antibiotics.
Staphylococcus aureus can also be found in the nose, intestinal tract or skin of a small percentage of normal, healthy horses, although the frequency with which it is found varies
The differences between bacteria and viruses Author – Elaine Pendlebury BA BSc BVetMed DMS MRCVS Senior Veterinary Surgeon (Science & Welfare) PDSA Bacteria (singular is bacterium) are one celled living organisms
Infections can generally be treated successfully with a single course of antibiotics, which may come in the form of creams or ointments, injections, or tablets, and many infections will even
Dowie was 8 years old when he contracted MRSA. He was admitted into the Veterinary Hospital due to a persistent problem with his ear. I’m not sure what you call
It was on December 14, 2005 that Jazz took ill whilst in kennels. Jazz a 6 year old Black Labrador Cross has always suffered from allergic reactions and digestive disorders.
"Bella’s death was the tip of the iceberg. I watched her suffer and die an unnecessary death, since I have worked tirelessly to help to reduce infection rates in animals. Every day MRSA and other serious infections affect the lives of hundreds of people and pets around the world. Bella has become a famous dog, leaving behind a legacy to other animals. Since Bella’s death we have helped save countless animals’ lives through early detection of MRSA and MRSP."- Jill Moss