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October 25, 2012
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  • Most swine positive for influenza asymptomatic, study finds
    Two studies conducted by Ohio State University researchers found that more than 80% of swine at county fairs in Ohio that tested positive for influenza were asymptomatic and that people and swine were infected with the same influenza strain. According to the CDC, 107 people in Ohio contracted H3N2v since July, and most of those cases involved contact with pigs at fairs. "Pigs can be infected with human-, avian- and swine-origin influenza viruses, making it possible for these viruses to easily swap their genetic material, which could allow for a new strain to emerge," veterinarian and researcher Andrew Bowman said. ScienceDaily (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • New classification for infectious diseases ignites biosecurity debate
    The CDC implemented a new classification system for certain infectious diseases that would require facilities studying those diseases to adhere to more rigorous containment structures and procedures. SARS, two hemorrhagic fever viruses and the H5N1 avian influenza virus are among the pathogens of concern. Although the system is designed to protect public and animal health, some scientists fear strict restrictions will limit sharing of research between collaborating investigators, hampering the study of the pathogens. The Scientist online/The Nutshell blog (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Warning for Utah horse owners after EHV confirmed in 1 horse
    Utah horse owners have been placed on alert after a case of equine herpes virus, a virus not contagious to humans but highly contagious and potentially fatal in horses, was confirmed in the state. "As a precaution to Utah horse owners, I advise they take extra biosecurity steps to safeguard the health of their animals. Don't let your horses touch other horses, especially nose to nose. Isolate horses that return to the farm from a show or event," advised state veterinarian Bruce King. The Daily Herald (Provo, Utah) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Skip design trends and stick to common-sense disease prevention
    University of Guelph veterinarian Scott Weese objected to a recent veterinary hospital design tip that recommended replacing exam room sinks with hand sanitizers. Several pathogens including parvovirus, ringworm and Clostridium are not killed by alcohol, Dr. Weese points out. In a mixed animal practice, hand-washing can also prevent transmission of zoonotic pathogens such as E. coli. Sinks may not be stylish, but they have a place in the exam room, according to this article. (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tooth root abscess may be cause of dog's facial lump
    A lump under the eye of a dog may be a tooth root abscess, writes veterinarian Jeff Kahler, but owners may mistake this for an insect bite or trauma. An X-ray will determine if an abscess is the source of the lump, notes Dr. Kahler, who adds that the carnassial tooth is the usual suspect for abscesses that present in this way. The Modesto Bee (Calif.) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Halloween can leave pets stressed
    Don't dress up animals in Halloween costumes only to leave them unattended, the AVMA is reminding pet owners. While 15% of owners say they will dress up their pets, according to the National Retail Federation, costumes can be frightening for animals, whether they're wearing them or are in the company of people who are. WOWT-TV (Omaha, Neb.) (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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