Medicine

Salmonella outbreak linked to pet geckos

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is collaborating with public health, veterinary, and agriculture officials in many states and the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) to investigate an outbreak of Salmonella Muenchen infections linked to contact with pet crested geckos purchased from multiple stores in different states, including Washington. Three persons have been hospitalized. No deaths have been reported. As of May 13, 2015, a total of 20 persons infected with the outbreak strain of Salmonella Muenchen...

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Pacific Northwest Coccidioides and Coccidioidomycosis Workshop May 27 – 28

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Public Health has been investigating the relatively recent occurrence of human Valley Fever cases in southeastern Washington Coccidioides immitis. Limited environmental sampling has detected it in the soils at two sites within the Benton-Franklin jurisdiction. As a result of this, the CDC, the WA, OR and ID Departments of Health, and Benton-Franklin County Health District have scheduled a workshop that includes physician and veterinary education, and a day of surveillance planning. During the surveillance session, human, animal, and environmental surveillance...

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Equine Herpes virus detected in Oregon

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The Oregon Department of Agriculture reports that four horses have tested positive for Equine Herpes Virus (EHV-1). One horse from Marion County has developed neurological symptoms. A second horse in Polk County residing at a stable with about forty other horses also developed symptoms and was taken to Oregon State University. The stable is under quarantine along with two Marion County farms. EHV-1 is a naturally occurring virus and widespread in the equine population and is not transmissible to people....

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AVMA resolution addresses veterinary pharmacology training for pharmacists

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At their upcoming meeting in July, the AVMA Board of Directors is recommending that the House of Delegates approve a resolution that calls for inclusion of veterinary pharmacology courses within professional pharmacy curricula and within continuing education programs for licensed pharmacists. The resolution is meant to improve communications between veterinarians and pharmacists and to reduce pet medication errors. Surveys conducted by the Washington State and Oregon VMAs revealed the numerous occurrences where pharmacists changed prescribed doses or substituted a different...

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FDA addressing large volume intravenous (IV) solution shortage

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Due to the shortage of 3-5 liter volume units of fluids intended for intravenous (IV) administration in large animals, the Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) is temporarily exercising enforcement discretion for the distribution of IV fluid products into the United States. Dechra Veterinary Products will provide products from their Ireland manufacturing facility, which will be distributed by Vedco Inc. Henry Schein Animal Health will distribute products manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Pty Ltd from Australia. SyPharma Pty Ltd who manufactures their...

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FDA warns about pets’ exposure to pain medication Flurbiprofen

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting pet owners, veterinarians, health care providers and pharmacists that pets are at risk of illness and death when exposed to topical pain medications containing the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) flurbiprofen. People using these medications, should use care when applying them in a household with pets, as even very small amounts could be dangerous to these animals. The FDA has received reports of cats in two households that became ill or died...

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Canine influenza – what you need to know

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Canine influenza virus (CIV) emerged initially in 2003-2004 in racing greyhounds in Florida. Since that time the virus has been detected in the New England states, Colorado, Wyoming, and Texas. A recent outbreak has been reported in housed dogs in Illinois, which has prompted questions regarding the occurrence of the virus in the Northwest region. While there have been no documented cases to-date in our region, it is good to be familiar with the virus and its associated clinical signs...

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Samples needed for Coccidioides Immitis testing

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C. immitis has affected people and animals in Arizona and California for years, but recently human and animal infections thought to be locally acquired have been reported in Washington. Therefore, Coccidioides Immitis is now considered an emerging fungal pathogen in South Central, and possibly other areas of Washington State.  During the investigation of the Washington cases, soil was collected from two locations in Benton County, Washington. Six of twenty-two soil samples were PCR positive; viable C. immitis was isolated from...

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British veterinarians concerned about antimicrobial resistance

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Antimicrobial resistance is posing a major threat to human and animal health and British companion animal veterinarians are concerned about its impact on their ability to treat infections in pets. As reported in the Nov. 20, 2015 issue of the American Animal Hospital Association’s electronic newsletter NEWStat, the British Veterinary Association (BVA) recently polled their members and found that 91 percent of small animal veterinarians are worried that antimicrobial resistance will lead to an inability to treat infections. The survey also...

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