Cattle quarantined near Yellowstone

Several thousand head of cattle have been quarantined in Montana after a cow near Yellowstone National Park tested positive for brucellosis, the livestock disease much feared by ranchers and also carried by elk and bison, state livestock officials said. The disruption comes at a crucial moment for the region’s beef producers, who are in the midst of readying the bulk of their herds for sale at a time of record high prices for the cattle they bring to auction.

 

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Launch of white paper on vector-borne diseases

The International Federation for Animal Health (IFAH) has launched a white paper on vector borne diseases and their impact on animal and human health, with the support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The paper, which aims to assist in combating vector borne diseases to promote the better health and welfare of animals for the greater good of protecting animals and humans globally, emphasizes the need to understand the diseases and to spread awareness of the most effective ways of managing and preventing them.

Read more at IFAH’s website.

Veterinarians Issue Advice on Pets That May Have Ebola

Pets that have been in close contact with Ebola-infected people should be quarantined and — if they test positive — euthanized, according to new guidance issued  by The American Veterinary Medical Association. The veterinarians’ group compiled the guidance after a dog in Spain was euthanized because its owner contracted Ebola and a dog belonging to an infected nurse in Dallas was quarantined and then released.

Read more at ABC News.

Creation of Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture

AHI’s Dr. Richard Carnevale was recently named a task force member for a new group on antibiotic resistance in agriculture. The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) recently announced the creation of the Task Force on Antibiotic Resistance in Production Agriculture. The task force is comprised of representatives from U.S. agriculture colleges/land grant universities and veterinary colleges as well as key representatives from the production animal agriculture community and the pharmaceutical industry.

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We’re recapping our Pet Night 2014 coverage, including the celebrity pets and Cutest Pets Contest winners, with this fun video. Take a look!

Meet the Secret Service K-9 Heroes Who Took Down the White House Fence Jumper

An intruder didn’t get more than 20 yards onto the White House grounds because two Secret Service security dogs stopped him. The dogs, named Hurricane and Jordan, were treated afterwards by a veterinarian for bruises they incurred from kicks during the incident. They have recovered and can return to work.

Read more about these dogs at People.com.

Rats and Their Alarming Bugs

Rats living in New York City carry a multitude of zoonotic pathogens, according to Columbia University research published in the journal mBio. Using DNA testing on rats collected from New York City, researchers identified E. coli, Salmonella, Seoul hantavirus, Leptospira and 18 previously unknown viruses with similarities to known zoonotic pathogens.

Read more from The New York Times science section.

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For a Productive Workplace Let Your Office Go to the Dogs

Dogs have earned their designation as man’s best friend. Besides being loving pets and fun playmates, dogs (actually, most pets) can actually give you a leg up on the corporate ladder. As long as you take them to work with you, that is. Entrepreneur.com explores the ways companies are improving productivity and reducing stress, by allowing pets in the workplace.

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Ebola map shows people in more African regions risk infection from animals

A new study suggests the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa could extend far beyond earlier predictions. The researchers used knowledge of species that carry Ebola as well as environmental information to help identify “zoonotic niches” where transmission from animals to humans could occur — something they note is actually a rare event. The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has killed over 2,000 people and infected over 4,000, primarily due to human-to-human transmission, while a separate outbreak in Congo has spread to 30 people.

Read more via Reuters.