UN warns of possible resurgence of bird flu virus, signs a mutant strain spreading in Asia (via Washington Post)

The United Nations warned of a possible resurgence of the deadly bird flu virus, saying wild bird migrations had brought it back to previously virus-free countries and that a mutant strain was spreading in Asia. A mutant strain of H5N1, which can apparently sidestep defenses of existing vaccines, is spreading in China and Vietnam, the […]

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Dengue-Resistant Mosquitoes (via The Scientist)

A bacterium called Wolbachia can stop the transmission of the dengue virus in mosquitoes and invade wild populations of the disease-carrying insects, according to two studies recently published in Nature. The new approach could be used to reduce exposure for the 2.5 billion people who live in endemic regions, and could potentially be applied to […]

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No cure for arthritis in pets, but vets say medications, therapy can alleviate pain, lameness (via Washington Post)

“Tahlula’s pain from arthritis and a dislocated spinal disk was so bad at one point that the Rottweiler’s owners wondered whether it might be more humane to euthanize her, but then they hit on the right combination of over-the-counter supplements and prescription medications that made her comfortable. While arthritis isn’t curable, owners can work with […]

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Heart Health: Even orangutans need checkups (via Democrat and Chronicle)

Dara, an 11-year-old Bornean orangutan that lives at the Seneca Park Zoo, got a clean bill of health after a transcutaneous echocardiogram Thursday. Great apes are similar to humans when it comes to developing heart disease, especially when life in captivity includes a diet that’s not necessarily what they would eat in the wild. Dara’s […]

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N.J. Supreme Court to rule on emotional distress claim in dog death case (via Daily Record)

The New Jersey State Supreme Court said it will rule on the question of whether dog owners who witness the deaths of their pets by another dog are entitled to sue for emotional distress. The question arose from a 2007 case in which a woman witnessed her maltipoo being shaken to death by a larger […]

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Animal vaccination growing industry in China (via WorldPoultry.net)

China’s animal vaccine industry has been growing fast. With the increase of state investment in animal epidemic funds, the expansion of compulsory immunization against animal epidemics and immunization, and the strengthening of China livestock breeding industry standardization, China’s animal vaccine industry is expected to continue to maintain a relatively high growth momentum in future, the […]

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Preventing rare, but deadly Eastern Equine Encephalitis in dogs (via 9WSYR.com)

People near Syracuse, New York, are now officially under a public health threat, following the death of a child, and now a dog, from Eastern Equine Encephalitis, better known as EEE. NewsChannel 9 spoke with the veterinarian who treated the dog who was sickened with EEE and she said it’s extremely rare for an animal, […]

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Captured feral pig in Midland County tests positive for pseudo-rabies (via Saginaw News)

Agriculture officials in Midland County, Michigan, said one of six captured feral pigs tested positive for pseudorabies, a virus that can result in restricted weight gain in livestock. Officials said the finding gives more weight to a statewide sporting pig ban enacted last month that prohibits people from owning or breeding swine as anything other […]

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Human Pathogen Killing Corals in the Florida Keys (via Science Daily)

A research team from Rollins College in Florida and the University of Georgia has identified human sewage as the source of the coral-killing pathogen that causes white pox disease of Caribbean elkhorn coral. Once the most common coral in the Caribbean, elkhorn coral was listed for protection under the United States Endangered Species Act in […]

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California researchers collaborate on animal, human health (via DVM360)

“Veterinarians, physicians and PhDs at the University of California-Davis are forming a coalition to conduct basic research, develop clinical applications and conduct clinical trials in regenerative medicine that will yield great benefits in animal and human health. The UC Davis Regenerative Medicine Consortium, which is combining expertise from the veterinary school, medical school and engineering […]

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