The researchers emphasized that the threat to dairy consumers is minimal. Only those eating unpasteurized products with wounds in their mouths or esophagi would be likely to become carriers of MRSA, which could then theoretically spread to someone with a compromised immune system. And while resistant to some of the most common antibiotics, the new variant was still treatable by some drugs. But Holmes does call attention to the hazards for farm workers, who, he notes, "are no different than nurses and doctors who work in hospitals" in their likelihood of picking up MRSA on the job.
But is Holmes, himself, worried? "I'm not one of life's worriers," he said in a light tone at the press briefing. But it is "a legitimate concern," he noted more seriously. "We're lucky we caught it early."