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Important notice: Seoul Virus outbreak in pet rats and humans

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As of February 22nd, 2017 no human or rodent cases of Seoul hantavirus have been confirmed in Washington State.  During late December 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was notified about a patient in Wisconsin who presented to a hospital earlier that month with fever, headaches, leukopenia, transaminitis, and mild proteinuria. Hantavirus infection was suspected because the patient breeds and sells Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) primarily for pets and to a lesser extent for feeding to carnivores (snakes)....

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Get Smart about Antibiotics Week Nov. 14 – 20

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week is an annual one-week observance to raise awareness of antibiotic resistance and the importance of appropriate antibiotic prescribing and use. Each year in the United States, at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics and at least 23,000 people die as a direct result of these infections. Many more people die from other conditions that were complicated by an antibiotic-resistant infection. Antibiotic resistance, when bacteria stop responding to the drugs designed...

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FDA Seeks Public Input on Next Steps to Help Ensure Judicious Use of Antimicrobials in Animal Agriculture

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

Earlier this week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it is entering the next phase of their efforts to mitigate antimicrobial resistance. For the first time, they’ll focus on medically important antimicrobials (i.e., those important for treating human disease) used in animal feed or water that have at least one therapeutic indication without a defined duration of use. The agency is currently completing changes under Guidance for Industry #213 to limit the use of these drugs to therapeutic...

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2016 Rabies Compendium published

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The 2016 edition of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians has been published. The new guidelines include new recommendations for post exposure protocol. Cats and dogs that are exposed to rabies and are overdue for a vaccine can have a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia. The 2016 edition of the Compendium also advises reducing the quarantine period from six...

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New guidance for pets exposed to rabies – how will this affect pets and vets in WA?

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New recommendations for post rabies exposure (and suspected exposures) will be out soon in the 2016 edition of the Compendium of Animal Rabies Prevention and Control from the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians. Other updates will also be forthcoming in the 2016 edition. What’s new?  Soon, cats and dogs that are exposed to rabies and are overdue for a vaccine can have a booster shot followed by an observation period rather than be subject to quarantine or euthanasia. The 2016...

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Get Smart About Antibiotics Week November 16 – 22, 2015 and access important new resource

  |   Animal Health, One Health, Uncategorized

Get Smart About Antibiotics Week (Get Smart Week) is an annual observance intended to engage relevant stakeholders, including professional societies, advocacy groups, for-profit companies, state and local health departments, the general public, the media and others around antibiotic stewardship in the outpatient, inpatient and animal health settings. This year, Get Smart Week will be observed November 16-22, 2015. Get Smart Week coincides with the European Union’s Antibiotic Awareness Day (Nov. 18) and the World Health Organization’s first World Antibiotic Awareness...

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Washington Tick Surveillance Project results are in

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The Washington State Department of Health recently released the results of their 2014-2015 tick surveillance and testing along with a summary of the last five years of tick data collection. This survey confirms that we remain an area with low incidence of tick borne disease, but it does show that we do have Ixodes ticks carrying Borrelia burgdorferi (agent of lyme disease) and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is interesting to note the distribution of ticks across our state. Tick borne disease...

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California enacts strict new animal antibiotic law

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California last week passed a law that limits the use of antibiotics in farm animals. Gov. Jerry Brown signed the bill into law on Saturday making California the first state to require a veterinarian’s prescription for therapeutic antibiotic use in livestock, ban other uses such as low-dosage levels to prevent disease and require data collection on antibiotic use in food production operations. The law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018, was put into place to address the growing spread of antibiotic...

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Antibiotic use and resistance study among Washington veterinarians

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The University of Washington School of Public Health’s Center for One Health Research (COHR) is requesting licensed clinical veterinarians participate in a brief survey that aims to assess antimicrobial prescribing practices and resistance concerns among Washington State veterinarians. This study is a joint effort between University of Washington, WSVMA, Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Washington State Department of Agriculture, who are all participants in the One Health Steering Committee in conjunction with the Washington State Department of...

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You can help reduce workplace injuries by participating in this important veterinary study

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The University of Washington School of Public Health’s Center for One Health Research (COHR) is looking for veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and veterinary assistants that are  18 years or older to participate in a study that aims to identify and address attitudes towards safety behaviors among veterinary personnel. Subjects will be asked to participate in a number of study activities, including 1) a 90 minute focus group interview discussing factors that influence safety behaviors in clinical practice, 2) worker task observation,...

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