Medicine

Canine Influenza continues to spread across the U.S.

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Veterinarians nationally have been on the lookout for dogs with upper respiratory illness that may signify that Canine Influenza has reached their area. This novel Canine Influenza virus (H3N2) has a high morbidity, low mortality impact on canines affected. Outbreaks have the potential to significantly impact our practices, our local shelters and rescues, and our local dog care businesses as most dogs are naïve to this agent, and so become infected and often ill after exposure, with a long infectious...

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Canine Influenza Update

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Canine Influenza is caused by the canine influenza virus, and influenza A virus. The H3N8 strain of canine influenza was first discovered in 2004 and a vaccine has been available against H3N8. Over the years, very few reports of H3N8 canine influenza have been seen in Washington State. In 2015, an outbreak of canine influenza in Chicago was determined to be a virus closely related to Asian strains of influenza A H3N2 virus based on testing at Cornell University. Since the...

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FTC completes report on pet medications industry

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published its report on the pet medications industry more than two years after conducting many meetings and a public workshop held in October, 2012. Among the findings in the report are that FTC staff believes that improved consumer access to prescriptions would likely enhance competition in the pet medications industry, and that legislative and regulatory efforts to mandate aspects of prescription release have the potential to enhance consumer awareness about the ability to purchase...

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New strain of rabies identified

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New Mexico health officials report that a woman was bitten by a fox carrying a previously undocumented strain of rabies.  The state Department of Health obtained genetic sequencing from a sample taken from the infected fox which determined that the strain is distinct but related to other rabies strains found in bats. The woman received post-exposure prophylaxis and did not develop rabies.  Dead bats and foxes found in the area will be collected and undergo testing. For more information, visit...

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FDA releases draft guidance on animal drug compounding from bulk drug substances

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week released a draft “Guidance for Industry (GFI) #230, Compounding Animal Drugs from Bulk Drug Substances.” Current law does not permit compounding of animal drugs from bulk drug substances, but the FDA recognizes that there are limited circumstances when an animal drug compounded from bulk drug substances may be an appropriate treatment option. FDA’s GFI #230 outlines specific conditions under which the agency generally does not intend to take action against state-licensed pharmacies,...

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Salmonella outbreak linked to pet geckos

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen infections linked to contact with pet crested geckos purchased from multiple stores in different states, including Washington. Three persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. As of May 13, 2015, a total of 20 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Muenchen...

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Pacific Northwest Coccidioides and Coccidioidomycosis Workshop May 27 – 28

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Public Health has been investigating the relatively recent occurrence of human Valley Fever cases in southeastern Washington Coccidioides immitis. Limited environmental sampling has detected it in the soils at two sites within the Benton-Franklin jurisdiction. As a result of this, the CDC, the WA, OR and ID Departments of Health, and Benton-Franklin County Health District have scheduled a workshop that includes physician and veterinary education, and a day of surveillance planning. During the surveillance session, human, animal, and environmental surveillance...

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Equine Herpes virus detected in Oregon

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture reports that four horses have tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). One horse from Marion County has developed neurological symptoms. A second horse in Polk County residing at a stable with about forty other horses also developed symptoms and was taken to Oregon State University. The stable is under quarantine along with two Marion County farms. EHV-1 is a naturally occurring virus and widespread in the equine population and is not transmissible to people....

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AVMA resolution addresses veterinary pharmacology training for pharmacists

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At their upcoming meeting in July, the AVMA Board of Directors is recommending that the House of Delegates approve a resolution that calls for inclusion of veterinary pharmacology courses within professional pharmacy curricula and within continuing education programs for licensed pharmacists. The resolution is meant to improve communications between veterinarians and pharmacists and to reduce pet medication errors. Surveys conducted by the Washington State and Oregon VMAs revealed the numerous occurrences where pharmacists changed prescribed doses or substituted a different...

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FDA addressing large volume intravenous (IV) solution shortage

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Due to the shortage of 3-5 liter volume units of fluids intended for intravenous (IV) administration in large animals, the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is temporarily exercising enforcement discretion for the distribution of IV fluid products into the United States. Dechra Veterinary Products will provide products from their Ireland manufacturing facility, which will be distributed by Vedco Inc. Henry Schein Animal Health will distribute products manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd from Australia. SyPharma Pty Ltd who manufactures their...

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