Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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Shortage of Human Rabies Vaccine Reported

June 04, 2008

The United States is currently experiencing a severe shortage of human rabies vaccine, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Pre-exposure vaccinations of veterinary, animal control, game wardens, laboratory and other... Read More

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Rhode Island Horse Positive for Rabies

May 25, 2008

Pet owners in Burrillville, R.I., are being urged to vaccinate their animals after a horse in the town was found to have rabies.

Burrillville authorities have declared a "rabies watch" for the town. It will be in effect for six months.... Read More

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New Equine Rabies Vaccine Introduced

May 16, 2008

EquiRab, a rabies vaccine designed specifically for horses, is now available from Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health. The new vaccine for horses offers long-lasting protection against rabies in a single, low-dose injection.

"Just as it... Read More

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Azithromycin Protects Foals Against R. equi in New Study

April 22, 2008

Texas A&M researchers have discovered they can reduce the incidence of foal pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi by giving the antimicrobial drug azithromycin during foals' first two weeks of life.

Rhodococcus equi (R.... Read More

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Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More

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Virulent Rhodococcus equi in Soil Not an Indicator of Pneumonia Problems

April 01, 2008

The amount and type of Rhodococcus equi in a farm's soil is not an indicator of an increased likelihood of having foal pneumonia cases caused by this bug, reported researchers from Texas A&M University. Additionally,... Read More

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3 Rabid Skunks Confirmed in Wyoming County

March 29, 2008

Three rabid skunks already have been confirmed in Campbell County, Wyoming, so far this year. Ken Mills, a University of Wyoming veterinary professor, says Campbell County is the only Wyoming county with confirmed rabies cases this... Read More

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Maryland Horse Owners Urged to Vaccinate Against Rabies

February 22, 2008

The Maryland Horse Industry Board's Equine Health Advisory Committee is urging all horse owners in Maryland to vaccinate their horses against Rabies.

Rabies is highly a fatal disease that affects both humans and horses. Most often, the disease... Read More

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Texas A&M Researcher Recognized for Foal Pneumonia Work

February 04, 2008

Noah Cohen, VMD, MPH, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, professor of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), was recently recognized as the recipient of the 2008 Schering-Plough... Read More

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USDA Releases Annual Animal Health Report

January 02, 2008

The USDA has released the 2006 U.S. Animal Health Report, a national overview of domestic animal health in th... Read More

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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