Recent News for Zoonotic Diseases

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World Rabies Day Coordinates Events, Raises Awareness

August 20, 2008

On Sept. 28, the world is again joining together to raise awareness and understanding about the importance of rabies prevention. Rabies is the oldest and deadliest disease known to mankind.

Led by the Alliance for Rabies Control... Read More

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Equine Rabies Case Confirmed in Kentucky

August 05, 2008

Kentucky Public Health officials have confirmed a case of rabies in a horse in Pulaski County. According to Michael Auslander, DVM, MSPH, state public health veterinarian with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, the infected... Read More

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Two More Cases of Hendra Virus Reported

July 29, 2008

Biosecurity Queensland received test results July 24 that indicated another two horses have tested positive for Hendra virus. Both of these horses are from known infected properties.

The results follow a post-mortem on a companion horse that... Read More

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Rabies in Several States Prompts Vaccination Warnings

July 26, 2008

In a brief survey of online news, there have been reports of rabies in Florida, Idaho, Kentucky, Georgia, Pennsylvania, Missouri, New Hampshire, and Texas this year. Many of these reports were humans encountering rabid wild animals that were... Read More

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Two Vet Clinic Workers Positive for Hendra Virus

July 18, 2008

Two of the people exposed to horses infected with Hendra virus at Redlands Veterinary Clinic in the Australian state of Queensland have contracted the zoonotic disease, according to a report published by The Australian.

Three horses... Read More

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Hendra Testing Continues on Horses at Australian Vet Clinic

July 09, 2008

Biosecurity Queensland continued with tests on samples from 37 horses at a Brisbane area vet practice today while working with Queensland Health and various horse industry groups to ensure that the risks involved with Hendra virus are widely known.... Read More

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Hendra Virus: Neurologic Variant Confirmed, Clinic Staff Exposed

July 09, 2008

Three horses have tested positive for Hendra virus at Redlands Veterinary Clinic on the outskirts of the city of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. Hendra virus is deadly and can affect both horses and humans.

According to Davi... Read More

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Hendra Virus Reported at Australian Equine Clinic

July 08, 2008

Three horses have tested positive for the deadly Hendra virus at a veterinary practice on the outskirts of the city of Brisbane in the Australian state of Queensland. This virus can affect both horses and humans.

"We are taking the situatio... Read More

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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