Health Alert: Coccidioides (“Valley Fever” agent) found in soil in Washington State; three human illnesses reported

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Three human cases of coccidioidomycosis (“Valley Fever”) were suspected of being locally acquired due to a lack of recent travel. One case in each of three south central Washington state counties led to a disease investigation which found soil in the area was likely the source of the illnesses. The three case-patients resided in Benton, Franklin, and Walla Walla counties. Interviews with two of three case-patients identified likely exposure locations in Benton County. The Washington State Department of Health and...

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Register today for WSVMA’s Feline Focus CE featuring Dr. Margie Scherk

  |   Continuing Education, Uncategorized

WSVMA’s Feline Focus CE program featuring Dr. Margie Scherk will take place Sunday, May 18, 2014 from 12 to 4pm at Renton Technical College. Dr. Scherk will lecture on neutraceuticals for liver and renal health, complex disease management in geriatric cats, updated vaccine guidelines, and improving client compliance. Margie Scherk, DVM, DABVP is a 1982 graduate of the Ontario Veterinary College. She achieved ABVP Board certification in feline practice in 1995 and is Co-editor of the Journal of Feline Medicine...

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Merial reports problems with rabies vaccine

  |   Professional News, Uncategorized

Merial has voluntarily stopped distribution of recently manufactured lots of PUREVAX® Feline Rabies vaccines,reporting irregularities in the physical appearance of the product after reconstitution. These irregularities are aggregates of protein and may appear as a white precipitate. There may also be changes in the viscosity of the vaccine causing it to appear gel-like. The protein is a normal component of the vaccine but is not usually in this aggregated form. Customers who experience irregularities after reconstitution of the vaccine should not...

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Veterinary Mobility Act one step closer to passage

  |   Federal Regulatory, Uncategorized

On April 3, the US House Energy and Commerce Committee approved H.R. 1528 Veterinary Mobility Act which if passed, would allow veterinarians to legally transport, dispense or administer controlled substances in the field. The bill will now move on to the full House. AVMA reports their hope that the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee will come to an agreement so that when the House passes HR 1528, the bill can go to the President. The Senate...

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Seattle City Council approves resolution on the use of antibiotics in livestock

  |   State Regulatory, Uncategorized

The Seattle City Council approved a resolution Monday concerning the nontherapeutic use of antibiotic medicine in livestock production. Resolution 31514, brought to the Council by activists from Food and Water Watch, supports a ban on nontherapeutic uses of antibiotics in livestock production and urges the United States House of Representatives and United States Senate to pass the Preservation of Antibiotics for Medical Treatment Act and Prevention of Antibiotic Resistance Act. Although no input was sought from veterinarians, WSVMA representatives submitted comments...

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