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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
The Bella Moss Foundation was proud to support National Pet Month (1st April to 5th May) and called for all pet carers to download our educational posters and take part in our survey to promote responsible pet health, ownership and safe use of antibiotics. We teamed up with Vetoquinol our corporate partner to print these posters that will help pet owners understand how they can keep their pets healthy.
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“This initiative marks a new chapter in both the work of The Foundation and the global effort to improve health across human, animal and environmental boundaries, and one which I am proud to support.”
Peter Purvis – BMF Honorary Patron
The Bella Moss Foundation works in collaboration with the British Veterinary Associations and veterinary schools to improve infection control, knowledge and practice. Now The Foundation has joined with what is perhaps the most significant development in the global struggle against resistant bacteria; the One Health Initiative. www.onehealthbmf.com
BMF collaborates with Public Health England, European antibiotic awareness day, Antibiotic Guardian, Veterinary Medicines Directorate, and British Veterinary Association Download Poster
The Bella Moss Foundation was speaking on BBC Radio 4 programme – You and Yours about the responsible use of antibiotics in pets on the 4th october. Listen again here
What are MRSP and Staphylococcus pseudintermedius? Staphylococcus pseudintermedius is a bacterium that is commonly found on the skin or in the nose or intestinal tract of 50% of more of
Humans and animals all carry their own specialised colonies of bacteria. These are generally harmless in the normal course of events and serve to prevent the growth of alien bacteria
In 2005, the first report on MRSA in pigs came from The Netherlands. A relation was found between MRSA positive persons and living on a pig farm or working with
Jill, I am so moved by your story. After talking to you today, I feel as though I’ve known you and even Bella for a long time. I went to
This is a picture of Ink and Spot, they are brothers. Sadly, Ink passed away August of 2009 after being misdiagnosed by numerous vets. I had not heard of the
"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