October 2020 Reportable Animal Disease Summary

  |   Animal Health

  Month Year Disease Name Animal Species # Animals Reported October 2020 CIRD Canine 6   Ehrlichiosis (Potomac horse fever) Equine 1   EHV-4 Equine 1   Equine influenza Equine 16   Heartworm Canine 9     Leishmaniasis  Canine 1   Leptospirosis  Canine 4   Neorickettsia helminthoeca Canine 1   Pigeon Fever (Corynebacterium pseudotuberculosis) (ulcerative lymphangitis) Equine 8   Salmonellosis Equine 1   Strangles (Streptococcus equi subsp. equi) Equine 3   CORRECTION to October Reportable Disease The October Report from the WA State Veterinarian’s Office incorrectly reported a case of “salmonid alphavirus.”  This was an error in their new reporting system. WSDA apologizes for any concern this has caused. Salmonid alphavirus is a Foreign Animal Diseases and has NOT been detected in Washington. 11/13/20 For more information on salmonid alphavirus see OIE’s factsheet here:...

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Scammers pose as Department of Health officials in fraudulent schemes targeting medical providers

  |   State Regulatory

OLYMPIA – Warning to health care professionals with Washington licenses: Beware of scammers falsely claiming to represent the Washington State Department of Health – and don’t send money to anyone without being certain of the recipient’s identity. That comes in the wake of at least two apparent attempts to defraud Washington providers. One attempt failed, but the other proved costly to a dentist. In that case, the dentist received a call from someone spoofing the Department of Health’s telephone number, along with...

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This Week’s Helpful Links

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Denmark to depopulate mink farms due to COVID-19 risk – apnews.com The idea of herd immunity to manage the coronavirus should ring alarm bells – Washington Post Lions and Tigers and Anteaters? US Scientists Scan the Menagerie for COVID – KHN.org Biggest pet rescue flight ever to land at Boeing Field – Q13 Fox Stirring up a hornet's nest – safely – WSDA Ag Briefs ‘MeowTalk,’ an app that translates cat sounds, is a pet project for this former...

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WSVMA advocates for veterinary professionals to be included in early distribution of eventual coronavirus vaccine

  |   COVID-19, WSVMA News

Although there’s no approved Covid-19 vaccine at this time, Washington state now has a draft plan for a fast and effective distribution of a vaccine once it’s available. The plan calls for the first, likely limited phase of distribution to go to high-risk healthcare workers, first responders, other essential workers, people with health issues that put them at higher risk, and adults in long-term care. The second phase would go out more broadly to pharmacies, doctors’ offices and clinics. The WSVMA...

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President’s message – The journey to being our best selves

  |   WSVMA News

Greetings! I am excited for the opportunity to reach out to each of you over the coming year through the WSVMA President’s Column. It is a distinct privilege for me to serve our profession as a member of the WSVMA Board of Directors and for the coming 12 months, as its president. I believe the WSVMA is strong, principle-centered and intensely focused on the needs of its members, our profession and those we serve. I am excited to be a...

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