Bats may carry up to 66 new species of virus linked to measles and mumps, scientists say (via National Post)

According to an Agence France-Presse report, “Scientists studying bats have found dozens of new members of a virus family linked to human disease, and warned of possible exposure as the winged mammals are driven out of forests into the cities. Sixty-six new species of paramyxoviruses, the viral group that causes measles and mumps and is […]

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Feral pigs pick up nasty bacteria that can pass to people (via Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting “Tests found that in Johnston County, North Carolina about 9% of the feral pigs surveyed showed exposure to Brucella suis.”  This bacteria can pass between pigs and people, causing flu-like symptoms in humans.  The study was published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. Read more at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Dog in Arkansas tests positive for rabies (via KTHV-TV)

Rabies continues to be a problem for unvaccinated pets. A report from Arkansas shows keeping a pet in an enclosure does not guarantee protection from this deadly disease. KTHV-TV reports, “For the first time in two years, a dog in the state has tested positive for rabies. The dog belonged to a resident of Yell County […]

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AHI Statement on FDA Guidance Documents and Draft Codified Language on Antibiotics

AHI Statement FDA Guidance Documents and Draft Codified Language on Antibiotics April 11, 2012 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released three documents impacting certain uses of medically important antibiotics in animal agriculture.  The animal health industry supports the process designed to protect the health of animals and ultimately public health, while preserving animal […]

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Kansas Bioscience Authority approves $1.6 million for animal health researchers (via AgriMarketing)

The board of directors of the Kansas Bioscience Authority authorized approximately $1.68 million for investment in animal health research and development ventures that will be based in the area.  $1.65 million was also assigned for human health and biomedical projects in the region. Read more at AgriMarketing.com.

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This Season’s Ticking Bomb (via Wall Street Journal)

A mild winter weather has experts concerned about a greater-than-usual Lyme disease rate, and in response, the One Health Initiative, a global collaboration effort, is targeting tick prevention education and working to increase communication between veterinarians and physicians. Read more at WSJ.com.

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