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1. What the public needs to know about Lassa fever

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (05/26)

2. Photo captures eagle perched on soldier's gravestone

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

The Palm Beach Post (Fla.) (free content) (05/26)

3. Ring-bearing owl surprises bride

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Mashable (05/26)

4. DNA study: Dogs split off from wolves earlier than once thought

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (05/21)

5. U.S. traveler dies of Lassa virus

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 27, 2015

Lassa virus, a zoonotic disease that kills an estimated 5,000 people in West Africa annually, was confirmed in a patient who died at a Newark, N.J., hospital Monday. The patient developed symptoms soon after returning to the U.S. from Liberia, by way of Morocco. Staff at a different hospital initially did not know of his travel history, and he was treated and released on May 18. The man returned to that hospital with more serious symptoms on Thursday. Public health experts are working to determine who might have been exposed, including those on the same flight. Lassa passes between people when there is close contact, but no instances of transmission have been seen in the U.S. (Philadelphia) (05/26) (Morristown, N.J.) (05/27) (Morristown, N.J.) (05/25)

6. Okla. resident contracts rare, tick-borne Bourbon virus

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

An Oklahoma resident contracted Bourbon virus, a tick-borne disease recently discovered in the U.S. that has infected only one other person in the country. The Oklahoma resident recovered. Symptoms of Bourbon virus are similar to those caused by other tick-borne diseases, including fever, aches and a rash. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (05/28)

7. Cat without front legs charms Internet

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

A kitten born without front legs has guts, and her spirit has nabbed the hearts of over 88,000 Instagram followers. Roux has adapted to life without front legs in part by hopping around, which earned her the nickname "bunny-cat." The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (05/28)

8. Emerging canine influenza reaches Mass.

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 26, 2015

A Massachusetts dog who visited Chicago on a family vacation developed canine influenza. The dog is recovering at home. At least 1,700 dogs have been affected by an emerging strain of the disease in close to a dozen states, although the majority of cases have been seen in Illinois. Veterinarians say the diagnosis in Boston means other dogs in New England may begin to show signs. Anyone who sees signs of the disease, such as runny nose, fever and other flulike symptoms, in their dog should see a veterinarian. WGGB-TV (Springfield, Mass.) (05/22) Quartz (05/25)

9. In Komodo dragon necropsy, scientists proceed with caution

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 29, 2015

Komodo dragons are not easy patients, even after death. Necropsies like one recently performed on a London Zoo animal that died require a strong stomach, a careful hand and extreme caution. The leathery skin is reinforced with tiny bone fragments that require strength and precision to separate from muscle; sharp teeth, venom and bacteria pose potentially deadly hazards; and it takes days to process the animal. The cause of death is not clear, although compressive cervical myelopathy is one guess, but the procedure provides valuable insight into Komodo dragon physiology. The Atlantic online (05/28)

10. Loyal dog follows owner to work

Animal Health SmartBrief | May 28, 2015

Paddy, a Labrador-collie mix from Scotland, jumped a fence using a trampoline and tracked his owner to the train station where he was leaving for work. Paddy boarded the train and found owner Thomas McCormack waiting for departure. "I was shocked. He just looked at me as if he was saying, 'Where are you going?'" said McCormack. Mashable (05/27)

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