Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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New Jersey Horse Quarantined after Bite from Rabid Raccoon

December 28, 2007

Master Hotspur, a 3-year-old Standardbred pacer, won't be hitting the track anytime soon--instead he'll be in precautionary quarantine for 45 days after being bitten on the muzzle by a raccoon that later tested positive for rabies, Read More

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2007 Morris Animal Foundation Equine Research Wrap-Up

December 14, 2007

The results of equine research funded by the Morris Animal Foundation (MAF) in 2007 added to scientists' understanding of foal pneumonia, hereditary muscle disorders, laminitis, and pharmacology.

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BLM Corrals Reopen after Salmonella Outbreak

November 14, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reopened its wild horse center in Palomino Valley, Nev., seven weeks after it was shutdown because of a salmonella outbreak.

The outbreak occurred after 983 horses from the Jackson Mountains were... Read More

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Nevada Wild Horse Center to Reopen Nov. 13

November 09, 2007

The Bureau of Land Management will reopen its National Wild Horse and Burro center north of Reno, Nev., on Nov. 13, the agency said Thursday.

The center in Palomino Valley was voluntarily closed to the public on Sept. 26 as a precaution... Read More

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BLM Horses Improving After Salmonella Outbreak

October 12, 2007

 Wild horses at the Nevada Bureau of Land Management's Palomino Valley Center are improving after 156 died or were euthanatized due to a range of illnesses, including an outbreak of salmonella that prompted BLM officials to Read More

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Wise Use of Antibacterial Drugs

October 06, 2007

Antibiotics and synthetic antibacterial drugs have revolutionized the ability to treat bacterial infections in human and animal patients. These drugs deserve careful use to preserve and optimize their effectiveness. Deciding on a treatment plan... Read More

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Georgia Vet School Receives Grant for Rabies Vaccine Research

October 05, 2007

The University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine was awarded a grant to develop rabies vaccine.... Read More

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NAHMS Equine Studies

October 01, 2007

The National Animal Health Monitoring Systems (NAHMS), a program within the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, conducts various animal health studies. NAHMS conducted specific studies of equine health and management during 1998 and... Read More

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Salmonella Taken to Space Comes Back Deadlier

September 25, 2007

It sounds like the plot for a scary B-movie: Germs go into space on a rocket and come back stronger and deadlier than ever. Except, it really happened.

The bacteria: Read More

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Record-Breaking Year for Rabies in Illinois

September 21, 2007

State health officials and wildlife experts have no answer for a worrisome statistic: The number of rabies cases in Illinois this year is the highest on record.

So far, there have been 99 confirmed rabies cases among bats--almost double the... Read More

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Louisiana Dog, Horse Positive for Rabies

September 12, 2007

For the first time in nearly 10 years, rabies has been found in a dog in Louisiana, state Agriculture and Forestry Commissioner Bob Odom said in a news release.

The dog was... Read More

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Rabies Vaccination Urged in Michigan

September 07, 2007

The Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA) is urging residents to ensure their pets, livestock, and horses have been vaccinated against rabies. Rabies cases have reached an all-time high, with 169 animal cases this year compared to 49 animal... Read More

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World Rabies Day to be Held Sept. 8

September 06, 2007

World Rabies Day, to be held Sept. 8, 2007, is an international event launching global efforts to eliminate rabies. The inaugural event will remind people that rabies is still a... Read More

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Anthrax Strikes Montana Cattle

August 30, 2007

Eight cows in Sheridan County, Mont., died from anthrax last week, and state livestock officials said more cases could follow.

The dead cows were... Read More

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Farmers' Almanac Out with its 2008 Forecast

August 28, 2007

Keep your boots, long johns and snow shovels handy this winter if you live in the East, the Farmers' Almanac's forecast suggests. Residents of the West, however, can look forward to a milder winter this time around.

"Mother Nature is going... Read More

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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