Report highlights zoonotic diseases in WA

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Dr. Ron Wohrle, public health veterinarian at WA State Department of Health, provided the following report to the executive board for their September 25 meeting. The report contains information on zoonotic disease rates in WA through early September. The numbers will be updated at the end of the quarter. Rabid Bats & Other Animals: As of August 24, 2014, 187 bats and 113 other animals had been tested for rabies. Of which 9 bats tested positive from Clallam (1), Island (1),...

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Ebola resources on WSVMA website

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

In light of continued concern about the spread of the Ebola virus and how household pets may or may not be affected, the WSVMA has assembled resources to help you answer questions or address concerns from your clients. Resources from the AVMA, CDC, DVM360 and the WA State Department of Health are available for access on the Issues subpage on the WSVMA website.  Also available for downloading is a research study from Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, “Ebola Virus Antibody Prevalence in...

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Blue Green Algae Reference Guide

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The WA State Department of Health has prepared a reference guide for veterinarians who are treating pets exposed to toxic algae. Green Lake in Seattle is the second WA lake in the past two weeks the WSVMA has been notified about as having toxic algae blooms. Dog owners should be especially cautious not to allow animals to go in or drink from the lake. If there is water contact for a pet, it is important to promptly rinse the dog...

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Stabbing spree at two Bellingham veterinary hospitals

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The Bellingham Herald reported that a man has been arrested after allegedly attacking employees at two Bellingham area veterinary hospitals yesterday morning. The man blamed veterinarians at both hospitals for his cat’s death from feline urological syndrome. According to the report, the man first drove to the Maplewood Animal Hospital and stabbed at a young veterinarian, who suffered minor injuries. The doctor managed to get the knife away from the cat owner but he then pulled out another knife and fled...

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Talking points about Ebola and pets

  |   One Health, Uncategorized

The dog of a Spanish Ebola patient was ordered euthanized by the Spanish government today due to fears that the dog could be carrying the virus. The WA State Department of Health has put together talking points that address the risk of catching Ebola from a pet. The talking points were developed in close consultation with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). There is no evidence that pets become sick with Ebola from routine contact with people who are infected...

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