Animal Health

Interactive map to track animal disease launched

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

An online, interactive map for tracking global canine, feline and equine diseases has been developed by veterinarians in Ontario. Dr. Scott Weese, professor from the University of Guelph, and Dr. Maureen Anderson from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food developed the Worms & Germs Map in answer to the need for real-time companion animal infectious disease tracking as well as increasing understanding of infectious diseases among veterinarians, animal owners, and people in human medicine and public health. The map is a...

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Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea Virus is a reportable disease

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

It was announced last week that in order to further enhance the biosecurity and health of the U.S. swine herds the USDA will require reporting of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PEDv) and Swine Delta Coronavirus. Since it was first confirmed in the U.S. last year, PEDv has reportedly killed more than four million pigs in as many as 30 states, as well as Canada and Mexico. Symptoms of PEDv include vomiting, diarrhea, lethargy, poor appetite and dehydration. The disease is most severe in...

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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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Warming Weather Renews Threat of Tick Paralysis

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

As we shift from the wet, cold months of winter into the warm and dry summer months, expect an increase in the risk of tick paralysis in animals.   While fairly uncommon, the sometimes fatal disease can virtually affect all warm-blooded land animals, including dogs, cats, cows and even llamas. The illness occurs when certain species of ticks inject toxins into the host animals.   Steve Parish, a large animal veterinarian who heads up WSU’s Agricultural Animal Service explained that both human and veterinary...

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Human Medications Top List of Animal Toxins

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

This month, the Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) released a report that in 2013, they handled over 180,000 cases of pet exposed to possible poisonous substances. Nearly 20 percent of those calls were from owners whose pets got into medicines intended for human use. The top ten calls into the APCC in 2013 involved the following toxins, ranked below in order of call volume:   Human medications topped the list...

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State health officer warns of salmonella infection in backyard flocks

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Physician and state health officer for the Department of Health, Katy Lofy, MD, warned against salmonella infections in chickens and other live poultry. Springtime is the most common time of year when people become infected because they handle baby chicks and ducklings and don’t follow with good hand washing. Young children are at particular risk. In 2013, 19 people contracted salmonella in Washington, 13 of whom were under the age of ten. More than 500 illnesses due to salmonella infection...

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