Viral Outbreaks in Dogs Yield Clues on Origins of Hepatitis C (via New York Times)

“Researchers in New York estimate that a newly discovered virus, canine hepacivirus, also known as CHV, shared an ancestor with the hepatitis C virus 500 to 1,000 years ago.” Read more at the New York Times

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One Health Roundtable Discussion

AHI’s Scientific Advisory Council hosted an intimate roundtable discussion on the “One Health” philosophy, convening leaders in the animal and public health community, agriculture organizations, regulatory agency representatives, and academic thought leaders to participate in the conversation. Read more: http://www.healthyanimals.org/sac.html

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Rinderpest eradicated (via WashingtonPost)

“Rinderpest, a cattle disease that for centuries felled herds in Europe, Africa and Asia and caused periodic human famine, has been eradicated, veterinary epidemiologists announced this week. Eradication is the Holy Grail of disease prevention and has been successful only once before, with Smallpox.” Read more at WashingtonPost.com

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Monkeys ‘Harbour Malaria Threat’ (via BBC)

“Macaques in south east Asia are a vast source of Plasmodium knowlesi which can spread to people, they write in PLoS Pathogens. They believe that growing human populations and increased deforestation in the region could lead to the parasite switching host.” Read more at bbc.co.uk.

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New Animal ID Plan Coming (via KFGO)

“SAN ANTONIO (DTN) — USDA’s final outline of its animal disease traceability program could be rolled out as early as this month, its project manager told animal health experts at a conference on Wednesday. ‘Our target has been to publish in April so it is going through the clearance process. That takes time. It’s on […]

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Letter to the Committee on Agriculture: A response to Rep. Louise Slaughter

Richard A. Carnevale, VMD Vice President, Regulatory, Scientific & International Affairs May 18, 2011 Honorable Leonard L. Boswell U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Dairy, and Poultry Room 1301, Longworth House Office Building Washington, DC  20515-6001 Dear Chairman and Subcommittee Members: I am writing to address testimony presented to this subcommittee […]

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Pigs Exposed to Ebolavirus Can Transmit Virus to Other Animals (via Science Daily)

Canadian researchers have found that domestic pigs exposed to Zaire Ebola virus, a highly infectious strain affecting humans, not only can develop disease, but also can transmit that disease to other animals. Pigs with no previous exposure to the virus but were cohabiting with the infected animals also contracted the virus, researchers reported in the […]

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Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet.

The Animal Health Institute’s own Ron Phillips, Vice President, Legislative and Public Affairs, was a guest speaker on AgriTalk with Mike Adams. Mr. Phillips discussed AHI’s public education initiative – Health People-Healthy Animals-Healthy Planet. To listen to the discussion on the initiative click here. To hear that entire AgriTalk broadcast, click here.

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Just Say No to Junk Journalism

There they go again. Washington Post writer Ezra Klein wrote a piece on antibiotics in agriculture in last week’s food section . . . and got it all wrong.  Here’s a piece to set the record straight.

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Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet.

The Animal Health Institute has developed an education initiative – Healthy People. Healthy Animals. Healthy Planet. – to underscore the importance of animal health on public health and wellness and highlight the role of veterinarians and the animal health community in preventing disease transmission from pets and food animals. Please visit www.healthyanimals.org to learn more […]

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