USDA Tracking Equine EEE, WNV Case Numbers (via The Horse)

As most parts of the nation are in the midst of the mosquito-borne disease season, the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is keeping a running tally of the number of confirmed cases of West Nile virus (WNV), Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE), and Western equine encephalitis (WEE) reported within the United States.   […]

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World Rabies Day 2011

The Global Alliance for Rabies Control (GARC) today announces that preliminary data released this month at the OIE Global Conference on Eliminating Rabies has estimated 70,000 people worldwide die each year from rabies at a cost of US$4 billion.   The research, released to mark the importance of World Rabies Day, shows that deaths from […]

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Paraguay battles foot-and-mouth disease (via BBC News)

Paraguay has begun the slaughter of around 1,000 cattle in an attempt to eradicate an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease. Uruguay, Brazil and Argentina have banned imports of Paraguayan meat and livestock. The outbreak was detected on a farm 350km (220 miles) north of the capital, Asuncion. Foot-and-mouth is a highly contagious viral disease affecting cattle, […]

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Hunters encouraged to have deer tested for bovine TB (via Daily Tribune)

The Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development announced an incentives program to encourage more Michigan hunters to have their deer tested for bovine tuberculosis. Bovine TB is a contagious bacterial disease of cattle that can affect other mammals, including humans. In 1994, a unique strain of bovine TB was identified in Michigan’s free-ranging deer. […]

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Announcing Winners of Third Annual Cutest Pets Contest on Capitol Hill

The Animal Health Institute (AHI) announces the winners of 3rd Annual Cutest Pets Contest on Capitol Hill. Members of Congress and Hill staffers nominated their furry, feathered, and scaly friends in the hopes of becoming crowned the Cutest Pet on Capitol Hill. This year, we received hundreds of submissions from offices across the Hill, as […]

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Dog flu outbreak in Texas (via San Antonio Express News)

Twenty confirmed cases of canine influenza, H3N8, and 70 suspected cases occurred in San Antonio, Texas, over the past month. Additional cases have been reported in Dallas and Austin, and veterinarian Michele Wright urged owners to prevent the spread of canine flu, which is not transmissible to other species, by vaccinating their dogs for canine […]

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Regulating Antibiotics in Animal Feed

Regulating Antibiotics in Animal Feed was presented at the United States Department of Agriculture’s 2011 Future Trends in Animal Agriculture Symposium, held in Washington, DC.  

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Montana could escape hit from cattle infections (via Seattle PI)

Montana ranchers are not likely to face new sanctions on cattle exports following yet another round of suspected brucellosis infections, signaling an effective truce in the long-running debate over the animal disease, state officials and outside veterinarians said. Tests are pending to confirm the suspected cattle infections, which officials said last week were found in […]

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AHI Statement on GAO Report

AHI Statement on GAO Report September 14, 2011 The Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on antibiotic resistance requested by Congresswoman Slaughter makes three recommendations: First, it recommends federal agencies work together and in collaboration with industry to collect data on antibiotic use.  As we suggested to the investigators, national level data is less useful than […]

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Tick-borne parasite infecting blood supply: CDC (via Yahoo)

A tick-borne infection known as Babesiosis, which can cause severe disease and even death, is becoming a growing threat to the U.S. blood supply, government researchers said recently. There are currently no diagnostic tests approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that can detect the infection before people donate blood. A 31-year study by […]

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