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October 4, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Advances mean scientists can ID emerging diseases faster than ever
    It's been a decade since SARS infected 8,000 people globally, killing 900, and public health monitoring has come a long way since then. Scientists are more prepared than ever to identify and help stop the spread of emerging diseases. Experts around the world now have rapid access to information, thanks to communication and technology advancements including HealthMap, a website tracking disease outbreaks in real time; the International Health Regulations, which mandate reporting of outbreaks; and advances in genetic sequencing. "Communication about health-related issues just travels with the speed of light today," said infectious disease specialist and physician William Schaffner of Vanderbilt University. National Public Radio (text and audio)/Shots blog (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Black mamba venom contains potent painkilling compounds
    Venom from one of the world's most poisonous snakes, the black mamba, contains strong painkilling compounds known as mambalgins, according to research from France's Institute of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology. The compounds are similar in potency to opiates such as morphine but lack the risk of respiratory side effects. With time and more research, scientists hope the compounds can be used to help alleviate pain in humans. National Geographic News (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Arrow Kitty" recovering after being shot through nose
    Texas veterinarian Keith Gudgel faced his most surprising case yet when a women brought in a cat shot through the nose with an arrow. "In my 22 years as a vet, I've never seen anything this dramatic," Dr. Gudgel said. He treated the cat's wounds after removing the arrow. The cat, which is being called "Arrow Kitty," is expected to recover. KWTX-TV (Waco, Texas) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • People can pass influenza to pets
    Dogs, cats and ferrets have contracted influenza from humans, and some of those animals have died, prompting concerns over "reverse zoonosis," the transmission of disease from people to animals. "We worry a lot about zoonoses ... but most people don't realize that humans can also pass diseases to animals, and this raises questions and concerns about mutations, new viral forms and evolving diseases that may potentially be zoonotic," said veterinarian Christiane Loehr, an associate professor at Oregon State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Loehr and veterinarian Jessie Trujillo at Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine are researching reverse zoonosis to help predict and prevent emerging threats. KTVZ-TV (Bend, Ore.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Leptospirosis: A zoonotic disease in your own backyard
    Veterinarians in Wichita, Kan., have seen an increase in canine leptospirosis, and they suspect the disease may be as close as pet owners' backyards because urban wild animals such as skunks and raccoons are carrying the illness, said veterinarian Gary Stamps. A disease transmitted by exposure to urine from infected animals, usually via standing water, leptospirosis causes life-threatening kidney problems in dogs. Humans can contract the illness, which causes flulike symptoms and is potentially fatal in people, from wildlife or infected dogs, said veterinarian Mollie Lusk. A vaccine is available for dogs, and early diagnosis and prompt treatment are the best course for dogs and people with the illness. KAKE-TV (Wichita, Kan.) (10/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AVMA Governmental Relations Student Externship Program
    The AVMA extern program pairs veterinary students with the AVMA Governmental Relations Division for a four-week program that introduces externs to the breadth of public policy issues facing the profession and provides hands-on lobbying experience with legislators and staffers on Capitol Hill. It's an opportunity to learn a facet of the profession that you won't find in school — and make a difference in shaping the profession at the same time. The application deadline for GRD externships is October 12. Learn more about the AVMA GRD student externship program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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