Animal Health

West Nile Virus activity in Washington

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

As of July 31, 2015, 57 mosquito samples testing positive for West Nile virus (WNV) were collected in Benton, Franklin, and Yakima counties. In addition, a total of six horses have contracted the virus, all originating from south central Washington. Five humans have acquired WNV this year to date, originating in Adams and Benton counties. The Department of Health reports that ongoing West Nile virus monitoring for infected dead birds and mosquitoes is limited to a few counties due to...

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Vesicular stomatitis outbreak affecting western states

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Veterinarians in the west should be vigilant for signs of vesicular stomatitis (VSV). Cases of VSV have been reported this summer in seven western states including Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. The 2015 VSV outbreak in the United States began April 29, 2015. To date, a total of 126 VSV-affected premises (New Jersey serotype) have been confirmed or suspected. Vesicular Stomatitis is a viral disease that primarily affects cattle, horses, and swine and occasionally sheep, goats,...

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Spokane area child bit by rabid bat

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Washington State Public Health Laboratories confirmed last week that a bat testing positive for rabies bit a child in Liberty Lake Regional Park in Liberty Lake, WA. The child and the mother, who had no contact with the bat, are both receiving rabies post-exposure vaccinations. This is the first case of rabies in Spokane County in 18 years. Bats are the primary animals that carry rabies in the northwest U.S, although less than one percent are infected with rabies. According to...

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WSVMA webpage houses up-to-date animal health and disease information

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The WSVMA announces a new web page that will house reports on disease outbreaks, animal health alerts, prevalence maps, and reports specific to Washington State. Animal disease outbreak alerts will be posted from sources such as the International Society for Infectious Disease and the Washington State Department of Health. Links to prevalence maps will be posted from the Companion Animal Parasite Council and will include resources and information on tick-borne diseases and intestinal parasites.  Additional resources will also be housed...

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Reports of poultry flocks positive with Avian influenza continue

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

A large game flock in Okanagan County is the latest in Washington state to have been confirmed with highly pathogenic avian influenza (AI), although the specific strain of the disease has not yet been identified. The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has imposed a quarantine to limit poultry movement as a result. The flock of 5,000 birds underwent testing as recently as November but at the time, showed no signs of AI within the flock. Three strains of AI have...

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WSDA establishes quarantine to control poultry movement in SE Washington

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) reports they have adopted an emergency rule establishing a quarantine zone for avian influenza (AI) that covers approximately 20 square miles surrounding Benton and Franklin counties where AI has been discovered in flocks of mixed poultry and other birds. This follows the discovery of highly-pathogenic H5N2 AI in Benton County. AI has also been found in British Columbia, Whatcom County, WA, and southern Oregon. The quarantine will be in effect for at least 240...

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Avian Influenza Update

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

On December 4, 2014, the State Veterinarian’s office at the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) released information surrounding the avian influenza (AI) outbreak in British Columbia. The following information includes a compilation of information WSDA has issued over the past couple of days updated as of this morning, as well as USDA import restrictions that were issued. Please contact the WSDA at (360) 902-1800 if you have any questions. December 4, 2014 – Washington State Department of Agriculture The State Veterinarian’s...

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Avian influenza near the Canadian-Washington border

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Avian influenza has killed turkeys and chickens at two farms in British Columbia’s Fraser Valley. The farms, located approximately three miles from the Canadian border with Washington state, are under quarantine after thousands of turkeys and chickens died from what has been identified so far as H5 type avian flu, although the exact strain is not yet known. According to representatives from the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA), the situation poses no risk to Washington. The WSDA is working with...

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Seattle conference showcases connections between animal and human health

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The fourth annual Zoobiquity Conference, held Nov. 1, 2014 at UW and the Woodland Park Zoo, will focus on how rapidly changing local and global environments affect the health of humans and animals. Through case presentations and interactive discussions, human and veterinary medicine experts as well as environmental health scientists will explore the clinical overlaps between human and animal response to environmental factors, including climate, the built environment, air pollution, and domestic violence. By fostering this cutting-edge “One Health” dialogue,...

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WA’s first equine West Nile virus case of 2014

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The Washington State Department of Agriculture has reported that an unvaccinated horse in Franklin County is Washington’s first equine case of West Nile virus (WNV). It was not known if the horse, which is showing progressive neurological signs, had recently traveled outside of the state. The Washington Department of Health also reported last week that a man from Walla Walla County is infected with the first human case of WNV in Washington this year. In 2013, there were two confirmed cases...

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