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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
Development of antibiotics a ‘double-edged sword’ – BMF comments Read the article from Vets Online http://www.vetsonline.com/news/latest-headlines/140703-development-of-antibiotics-a-double-edged-sword.html#.U7U44fK8lXE.twitter
Call for new generation of antibiotics to fight off superbugs BMF comments Read the article from The Guardian http://www.theguardian.com/society/2014/jul/02/call-new-generation-antiobiotics-fight-superbugs#start-of-comments
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 spite of worrying reports of the spread of MRSA ST398 in pigs in Europe and N. America, in two recent, major EU surveys (EFSA 2009, 2010) the UK pig industry was
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
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.
We have a very special and sweet golden retriever male dog named Bud. Bud is the only puppy that I have not rescued but picked out of a litter. Actually
"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