Vaccine Used to Eliminate Raccoon Rabies Proven Safe in Cats, Dogs (via Cat Channel)

“The success story in Nassau and Suffolk counties, part of New York’s Long Island, is being attributed to Cornell’s Wildlife Oral Rabies Vaccination Program. The program was initiated during the mid-1990s.” Read more at CatChannel.com.

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Fungus Knocks Out Malaria In Mosquitoes (via NPR)

“Scientists have come up with a new approach to controlling malaria. Instead of killing the mosquito that transmits the malaria parasite, the researchers have found a way to let the mosquito live, while killing the parasite inside it.” Read more at NPR.org.

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Stabenow Outlines Approach for 2012 Farm Bill (via Food Safety News)

“Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the new chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee is urging the agriculture community to focus on ‘principles, not programs’ as they begin working on the all-important farm bill this year.” Read more at FoodSafetyNews.com.

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Taking After Master: Us Pets Obese, Too, Study Finds (via AFP)

“WASHINGTON — Just like their human masters, a majority of American pets have a weight problem, a study released Thursday says. In its fourth yearly study of how fat Americans’ four-legged furry friends are, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that 53 percent of cats and more than 55 percent of dogs were overweight […]

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Ten Deadly Diseases That Hopped Across Species (via Live Science)

“Bacteria and viruses that are deadly to one type of creature can evolve quickly to infect another. While the swine flu outbreak is the latest example, a host of infectious and deadly diseases have hopped from animals to humans and from humans to animals.” Read more at LiveScience.com.

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Chronic Wasting Disease Spreads Farther West in Alberta (via the Edmonton Journal)

“EDMONTON — Chronic wasting disease in deer has spread farther west into the province and within five years will likely be found at Edmonton’s outskirts and in Calgary, says a University of Alberta biologist. Dave Coltman came to that conclusion after looking at the latest testing results and map posted by Alberta Sustainable Resource Development last […]

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Taylor Highlights Food Safety Law at Global Forum (via Food Safety News)

“U.S. Food and Drug Administration Deputy Commissioner for Foods Michael Taylor delivered remarks before a truly international audience Thursday, highlighting the new food safety law’s impact on imports. Taylor emphasized that improving food safety is both the right thing to do and good for business in his speech before the Global Food Safety Conference in London, […]

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Bird Flu Case Confirmed In Mie; 67,000 Birds to be Culled (via Japan Today)

“A bird flu infection case has been confirmed among more than 160 chickens recently found dead at a poultry farm in Kiho, Mie Prefecture, prefectural officials said Wednesday. A genetic test showed that the flu virus found in some of the dead birds was the highly pathogenic H5 type, they said. The prefecture then decided to […]

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The End of BSE (via the Telegraph)

“The first hint of catastrophe came a quarter of a century ago. In October 1987, David Brown of The Sunday Telegraph described ‘a mystery brain disease [which] is killing Britain’s dairy cows and vets have no cure.’ A few months later, he disclosed that the government had launched an inquiry into what was now being […]

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CSIRO to Research How Bats Spread Disease (via the Sydney Morning Herald)

“Some of the world’s deadliest viruses are carried by bats and Australian scientists want to know how to stop the bats spreading disease to other animals and humans.” Read more at smh.com.au.

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