Animal Health

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

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

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

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

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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Severe Treponeme-associated Bacterial Hoof Disease in Southwest Washington Elk

  |   Animal Health, Uncategorized

Since the mid-1990’s sporadic reports have been received from southwest Washington of free-ranging elk (Cervus elaphus) with lameness and severely deformed or missing hooves. These reports dramatically increased during the late winter and early spring of 2008. The geographic distribution of reports has continued to expand since then, and at this time is estimated to encompass a core area of approximately 10,500 km2 (4,000 mi2). A diagnostic investigation to determine the cause was initiated in 2009. Radiography, routine bacteriology, virology, serology,...

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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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