January 15, 2021
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Veterinary Medicine Update
Veterinarians are nearly eight times as likely to carry livestock-associated methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus as people who do not work with animals, and the odds ratios are almost 12 for people who work on cattle ranches and more than 15 for people who work on swine farms, according to a study in Occupational & Environmental Medicine. Precautions include keeping cuts and open wounds clean and covered, wearing protective clothing, including gloves, and regularly washing hands.
Full Story: Michigan State University (1/14) 
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Mycobacterium pinnipedii, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis in seals and sea lions, was found in the abdomen of a 3-year-old sea lion found dead on a Kangaroo Island, Australia, beach in 2017, researchers reported in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases. The finding suggests the pathogen can be transmitted through urine and feces, and greater surveillance is needed to assess the endangered species' risk, says the study's senior author, veterinarian pathologist Rachael Gray.
Full Story: ABC (Australia) (1/14) 
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Veterinarian Jamie Peyton began thinking about developing what is now the Wildlife Disaster Network when she treated a bear injured in a 2017 wildfire and realized how few other wild animals had been brought in with burns. Wildlife have not always been a consideration in disaster response, "but that just can't happen anymore," Dr. Peyton says.
Full Story: KCRW-FM (Santa Monica, Calif.) (1/14) 
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More than 20 million chickens in Japan and South Korea have been culled since November, and highly pathogenic H5N8 avian influenza has been found in birds in 10 Indian states. More than 100,000 chickens were culled at an egg farm in central Hungary after avian influenza was found there, and a 6-mile surveillance zone was established around the farm.
Full Story: Reuters (1/14),  Reuters (1/14) 
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Animal News
Three snow leopards at Louisville Zoo have recovered from SARS-CoV-2 infections, and no other animals are showing signs of infection. The big cats showed mild signs of illness that dissipated quickly, but they continued to shed virus for several weeks, which is "typical of how the virus has behaved in other big cats," said senior staff veterinarian Zoli Gyimesi.
Full Story: WTVQ-TV (Lexington, Ky.) (1/14) 
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A newly orphaned 11-week-old giraffe at Abilene Zoo is drinking goat's milk and eating grains, alfalfa hay and vegetables, zoo staff say. The calf's 11-year-old mother died suddenly, but the cause of death is not yet apparent.
Full Story: Abilene Reporter-News (Texas) (1/13) 
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Policy Watch
A bill in the Arkansas House would authorize ambulance and emergency medical crews to render first aid and transport K-9s injured in the line of duty. The bill is nicknamed Gabo's Law in honor of a police dog that survived being shot five times at close range and returned to duty, but died last year due to an injury-related illness.
Full Story: KAIT-TV (Jonesboro, Ark.) (1/14) 
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Around the Office
Many employees will be skeptical or fearful of COVID-19 vaccines, and while employers can require vaccinations, they'll succeed more with strong, empathetic and clear communication that aligns with employee well-being, public health communications and company policies, writes Inspire PR Group founder Hinda Mitchell. "Going in with a 'vaccinate or else' message is sure to fail, while a well-crafted set of messages will build a favorable climate for future vaccination requirements," she writes.
Full Story: SmartBrief/Leadership (1/13) 
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AVMA Today
The AVMA has developed new downloadable resources to educate and instruct clients about clinic procedures during COVID-19. Download the PDF, add your clinic's phone number or logo where applicable, and print for display on entry doors or within waiting rooms. The AVMA also has downloadable social media images you can promote on your social media channels to help you explain the rules to clients before they book appointments. View AVMA's new COVID-related clinic signage.
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