Animal Health

Washington bat found with deadly disease

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The fungal disease that has killed more than six million bats across 28 states and five Canadian provinces since 2006 has been found for the first time in the western United States. Federal wildlife officials verified white-nose syndrome, caused by the Pseudogymnoascus destructans fungus, in a little brown bat located in North Bend, WA, 30 miles east of Seattle. Until now, the fungus had not been detected west of Nebraska. Hikers found the sick bat and brought it to a...

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Two more cases of canine influenza confirmed

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After the original two dogs that boarded at the Kent facility tested positive for CIV H3N2 by convalescent serology, two additional dogs that were also boarded during the respiratory disease outbreak tested positive for CIV H3N2 by serology. Tests are also pending on another two dogs from the original outbreak.  The WSVMA does not know of any other confirmed cases of H3N2 at this time but testing is ongoing. As it has been confirmed that canine influenza is present in Washington...

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Canine influenza webinar available on demand

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If you missed Wednesday night’s webinar on canine influenza hosted by WSVMA, VetGirl and Merck, you can now access the recording online. To qualify for CE credit, those who view this recording will need to successfully complete the quiz at the conclusion of the recording. Once completed, VetGirl will send out CE certificates within one week of viewing the webinar. However, those who watch it between February 4 and 14, 2016 will experience a slight delay in receiving the certificate....

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Two dogs test positive for H3N2 canine influenza

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Results received from the Cornell Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed canine influenza virus H3N2 in the two dogs who developed respiratory disease while boarding at a Kent, WA boarding kennel in late December/early January. These two dogs has previously tested positive for canine influenza virus on pcr testing at Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) at WSU. Both acute and convalescent (10-14 days later) titers were evaluated at Cornell. The acute titers were negative, the convalescent titers positive for H3N2....

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WSU Veterinary College advises on canine influenza viruses

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While typing has yet to be confirmed in the two dogs testing positive for H3N2 canine influenza, WSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine is providing information on canine influenza. According to Dr. Kevin Snekvik, a veterinary pathologist and Director of Operations at the Washington Animal Disease and Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL), the influenza A H3N8 virus specific to dogs originated in horses and evolved over the last 40 years before jumping species. With continued mutation, the virus was able to transmit from...

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Highly Pathogenic H7N8 Avian Influenza found in Indiana commercial turkey flock

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USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced today that highly pathogenic H7N8 avian influenza (HPAI) has been found in a commercial turkey flock in Dubois County, Indiana. The new strain of virus is different from the strain that caused last year’s outbreak that affected 48 million birds. Avian influenza (AI) is caused by an influenza type A virus and is carried by waterfowl such as ducks, geese and shorebirds. H7N8 is not known to cause infections in humans. Biosecurity...

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New update on canine influenza in King County

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Results of canine influenza pcr testing on two dogs that were part of the respiratory illness outbreak are positive, confirming canine influenza virus (CIV). It is not yet known if this is CIV H3N8 or H3N2. CIV antibody test results for H3N8 and H3N2 on convalescent samples from the dogs should be available next week. King County Public Health officials are still concerned that this will be CIV H3N2 based on results from the dogs tested in Georgia. Veterinarians interested in...

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Update on canine influenza in King County

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The two dogs with respiratory disease that tested positive for canine influenza virus H3N2 were located in another state (Georgia) and had never traveled to Washington. They had both been exposed to a dog from Washington that experienced respiratory illness as part of the outbreak in the King County facility. These out of state dogs do not appear to have been exposed to any other dogs with a history of respiratory disease. Testing for H3N2 is being done on two dogs...

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Potential canine influenza virus H3N2 in King County dogs

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Public Health - Seattle & King County’s Zoonotic Disease program has received reports of dogs in King County who may be infected with canine influenza virus H3N2. Two dogs associated with a respiratory illness outbreak in a King County boarding and dog daycare facility had laboratory results indicating H3N2 positive infection through PCR testing. These two dogs did not actually spend time in the facility but had contact with one dog that did. Public Health’s Zoonotic Disease program is collecting...

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Elk Hoof Rot found in the Northwest of the state

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Elk Hoof Rot appears to be spreading through the state of Washington.  In December the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife send hooves from four elk collected in Northwest Washington for testing.  The results were negative for three hooves from Whatcom county, but positive for the hoof collected from Skagit county.  That hoof was positive for treponeme bacteria and taken from an elk found dead along Highway 20. To report elk with hoof deformities or learn more about hoof disease in...

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