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February 14, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Hantavirus may have started with bats, study shows
    Researchers have identified four new forms of hantavirus, and they determined that the deadly pathogen may have originated in bats rather than rats or other rodents as originally thought, according to new research. Although the research does not advance treatment of hantavirus, researchers said it makes important public health contributions. "The analysis shows that bats are likely to be important hosts from which new hantaviruses may emerge in the future and possibly pass to humans," said Australian researcher Eddie Holmes. The Australian (tiered subscription model) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diversity in the pond protects amphibian health, study shows
    Ponds that boast a wide variety of frogs, toads and other amphibians provide better protection for the group from parasites that can cause deformities, according to research from the University of Colorado Boulder. The research may have broader implications regarding the connection between biodiversity and diseases, including those that can sicken humans, such as Lyme disease and West Nile virus. ScienceDaily (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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The AVMA GHLIT will be hosting its Wellness Center at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas, February 18-20. Make sure you stop by for your health screening! Click here for more information, including details on how to schedule your appointment in advance.
  Animal News 
  • The oddest of odd couples: Dogs and cheetahs
    In an effort to draw attention to the plight of cheetahs, whose numbers are rapidly declining in the wild due to habitat loss and poaching, some zoos and cheetah breeding programs pair the big cats with canine companions. Wild cheetahs also benefit from dogs such as Anatolian shepherds that help keep cheetahs away from livestock, reducing conflict with farmers. "It's a love story of one species helping another species survive," said Jack Grisham of the Saint Louis Zoo. Grisham coordinates the species survival plan for cheetahs in North America. San Jose Mercury News (Calif.) (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to perk up your company culture
    Keep your employees motivated by setting aside time for innovation and by giving them an opportunity to voice their concerns, writes Kevin Daum. "Structured complaint sessions will act like a pressure-release valve," he writes. You could also spruce up the office with some art, encourage your employees to make videos about your company or give out chocolate. Inc. online (free registration)/Roaring or Boring blog (2/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Butterflies in your stomach this Valentine's? Or is that the norovirus?
    Just imagine — it's Valentine's Day and you and your special someone are about to enjoy a nice dinner together. There's a little music playing, soft candlelight, and you even have butterflies in your stomach ... or at least that's what you think they are, until you start feeling nauseated. Before you panic thinking that you are repulsed by your significant other, we're here to tell you that you may have what is going around — a new strain of the norovirus. Read more at AVMA's Keep Our Food Safe blog. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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