Food and Drug Administration Releases Estimates on Human Antibiotic Drug Sales (via FDA)

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released an estimate of human antibacterial drug sales based on IMS Health, IMS National Sales Perspectives™ data. The FDA website lists several caveats against making direct comparisons between human and animal medicine use based on these numbers. Learn more here.

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Farm Animal Disease to Increase With Climate Change, Scientists Say (via Science Daily)

Researchers looked at changes in the behavior of bluetongue – a viral disease of cattle and sheep – from the 1960s to the present day, as well as what could happen to the transmission of the virus 40 years into the future. They found, for the first time, that an outbreak of a disease could […]

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Study: Bacterium reduces salmonella levels in guts of chickens (via TorontoSun.com)

“Researchers have found that a predatory bacterium significantly reduces the number of salmonella bacteria in the guts of live chickens, indicating the bacterium has the potential to be used as a “living antibiotic.” Researchers at the University of Nottingham say the bacterium bdellovibrio reduced the amount of salmonella bacteria in the chickens’ stomachs by 90%, […]

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Cocaine Laced With Veterinary Drug Levamisole Eats Away at Flesh (Via ABC News)

Cocaine cut with the veterinary drug levamisole could be the culprit in a flurry of flesh-eating disease in New York and Los Angeles. The drug, used to deworm cattle, pigs and sheep, can rot the skin off noses, ears and cheeks. And over 80 percent of the country’s coke supply contains it. Read more at […]

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Survey Of Antimicrobial Resistant Foodborne Bacteria Shows no Human Health Impact (via Voxy)

A Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) survey has shown no human health implications from antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand food-producing animals and fresh produce. The year-long baseline survey carried out in 2009-2010 focused on antimicrobial resistance to important and commonly used antibiotics among E. Coli, Enterococcus, Campylobacter and Salmonella bacteria found in freshly dressed […]

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Senators Unveil Bill to Restrict Use of Antibiotics in Food Animals (via The Hill)

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation that would restrict the use of antibiotics in animal agriculture. The bill is a companion measure to legislation introduced earlier in the House by Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.). It would ban farmers from using seven classes of antibiotics critical for human health except to treat sick animals. Read more […]

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Groups Issue Warnings on Improper Vaccine Use (via JAVMA)

The Center for Veterinary Biologics, along with Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and American Veterinary Medical Association, issued warnings regarding the off-label use of rabies vaccine as a diluent to reconstitute either canine or feline distemper combination vaccines. The possible results from vaccinating with improperly reconstituted or mixed vaccines include potential toxemia from inappropriate mixtures of […]

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Japan’s ageing pets spark elderly care boom (via AFP)

Pets are said to be like their owners, and in fast-ageing Japan a generation of greying pooches and tabbies has sparked a boom in elderly care for the four-legged friends. Better pet food and veterinary services have allowed dogs and cats to live longer, spawning an industry that ranges from animal diapers and walking aids […]

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Living with pets may protect infants from allergies (via Health.com)

“Children who live with dogs and cats are less likely to develop allergies to those animals later in life, but only if the pet is under the same roof while the child is still an infant, a new study suggests. Compared to babies born into cat-free homes, those who grew up with cats were roughly […]

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Can Vaccination Help Control Zoonotic Diseases? (via Vetsonline)

Emerging infectious diseases have become a dominant public issue over the past two decades and approximately 79% of emerging diseases are zoonotic in nature. Speaking at the annual “Science for Life” lecture organised and hosted by Moredun Research Institute in Edinburgh, Andrew Potter from the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization – International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) […]

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