Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Hendra Virus Infects Australian Veterinarian

August 27, 2007

A Thoroughbred veterinarian infected by the killer Hendra virus was admitted to a hospital in Queensland Aug. 27. The vet contracted the virus after performing an autopsy on a Thoroughbred in his clinic last week.

There are reportedly... Read More

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USDA Distributing Oral Rabies Vaccine in New York, Pennsylvania

August 20, 2007

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits in August to prevent the spread of raccoon rabies in portions of southwestern New

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Anthrax Season Firing Up in Texas

August 19, 2007

With the weather in Texas transitioning rapidly from extreme rainfall to extreme heat, anthrax has reemerged in Tom Green county and caused the death of two horses so far.

Bacillus anthracis is a spore-forming bacteria that occurs... Read More

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Year's First Anthrax Case in North Dakota Reported

July 31, 2007

A cow in Traill County has tested positive for anthrax, the first case in North Dakota this year.

State Veterinarian Susan Keller, DVM, said Monday that the dead cow was found in a herd that had 18 animals. The herd has been quarantined and... Read More

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Rabid Bats Raise Concerns in Missouri

July 27, 2007

A teenage girl is receiving rabies shots after being bitten as she slept by a rabid bat. The girl was bitten earlier this month at her home in Washington, Mo. The bat was the third in Franklin County this year that was found to have... Read More

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25 Veterinary Schools Support World Rabies Day With Events

July 26, 2007

The need for world-wide rabies eradication has brought together for the first time leaders from veterinary, animal wildlife, and human medicine to create the Alliance for Rabies Control, a non-profit group based in the United Kingdom. The group'... Read More

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Tracking Rabies in Kentucky

July 18, 2007

While skunk is the predominant rabies variant in Kentucky, the raccoon variant responsible for the Mid-Atlantic states' rabies epizootic is present in adjoining West Virginia and Tennessee.... Read More

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Are Mares a Source of R. Equi For Their Foals?

July 17, 2007

A study of one Lexington, Ky., Thoroughbred farm showed that on average, 30% of the farm's foals developed Rhodococcus equi pneumonia during the 2004 and 2005 foaling seasons. Researchers searching for a source of the disease questioned i... Read More

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Texas: Water Everywhere Raises Risk of Livestock Disease

July 16, 2007

Rushing water, stagnant ponds, or even sudden dry stages after wet periods can lead to outbreaks of livestock disease. Mosquitoes and biting flies, capable of carrying and transmitting diseases, thrive in the damp weather. Prolonged... Read More

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World Rabies Day is Sept. 8, 2007

July 08, 2007

About one person every 10 minutes dies of rabies somewhere in the world.

This harsh statistic has brought together for the first time leaders from veterinary, animal wildlife, and human medicine to create an Alliance for Rabies... Read More

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Gallium to Control R. equi Foal Pneumonia

July 03, 2007

In order to survive, R. equi requires iron from the foal's body to replicate and survive. Researchers at Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine recently examined the use of a semi-metal (gallium) that mimics iron as a... Read More

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Remember Rabies

July 01, 2007

There is no cure for rabies in man or animal, yet all mammals are susceptible. Since mid-June 2007, there have been reported cases of animal rabies in a number of states. To draw attention to the world-wide problem of rabies, the Centers for... Read More

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Surge in Rabies Cases Reported in North Carolina

June 22, 2007

Responding to an increase in rabies cases, officials in North Carolina’s Mitchell and Yancey counties are advising residents to keep food and pets away from wild animals.

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R. equi Foal Pneumonia: Support for Research Sought

May 29, 2007

Infectious respiratory diseases constitute one of the major causes of death in the horse industry. In addition to the sorrow caused, they also are major economic threats. One of the most common diseases in foals six months and younger is... Read More

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Rhode Island Equine Rabies: Movement Restrictions, Vaccines in Wake

May 03, 2007

Some horses are quarantined, and exposed horse owners are required to have prophylactic rabies shots, after a Portsmouth, R.I., horse died from rabies April 22.

According to State Veterinarian Scott Marshall, DVM, this was first... Read More

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Rabies Confirmed in Rhode Island Horse

April 27, 2007

Tissue samples from a Portsmouth, R.I., horse that died last weekend have tested positive for rabies, the Warren Times reported.

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Rabies in the United States and Puerto Rico, 2005

April 12, 2007

The 47 cases in horses and mules had increased from 43 in 2004 and included one case in Puerto Rico. Forty-nine states and Puerto Rico had cases of animal rabies.... Read More

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Horse Rescued from Canyon Ravine

March 17, 2007

Volunteers rescued a horse that had fallen backwards into a southern Calfornia ravine on Mar. 16, according to reports from San Diego's ABC News 10 and Read More

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AAEP Convention 2006: Medicine

March 01, 2007

Uplifting Applications for UC Davis Large Animal Lift

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Rhodococcus equi

March 01, 2007

From the moment a newborn foal exits the warm fluid environment of its gestation and draws a first postpartum breath of air, it is exposed to millions of would-be invaders that would do it harm if not for the components of the foal's immune system,... Read More

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Oral Rabies Vaccine to be Distributed by USDA in Florida

February 09, 2007

Wildlife Services, a program within the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, will distribute oral rabies vaccine baits across portions of west central Florida beginning on, or about Feb. 14, to prevent the... Read More

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Maryland Agricultural Mediation Service Available

January 11, 2007

Farmers and others in the agricultural community who might be embroiled in nagging disputes with family members, neighbors, government agencies, or even lenders, can get a fresh start in the new year by trying mediation through the Maryland... Read More

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Vesicular Stomatitis Outbreak Officially Over

January 07, 2007

The Office International des Epizooties (OIE, or World Organization for Animal Health) posted information on it's Web site that the vesicular stomatitis outbreak confirmed in August 2006 is now officially over.

 Information received... Read More

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Canada Import Restrictions on Wyoming Horses Might be Lifted

December 22, 2006

Wyoming has been certified as being free of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a viral disease that affects horses, cattle, and other livestock.

Following the discovery of the disease this summer, Canada had put import restrictions on horses and... Read More

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Pneumonia's Fatal Grip

December 01, 2006

Pneumonia is, simply put, inflammation of the lungs. It can be mild or life-threatening (and quickly fatal) depending on its cause and the age of the foal. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi. Many foals are susceptible to... Read More