Protect your family, pets, and livestock from rodents and rodenticides

Millions have seen the social media video “RAT on the New York subway!”, but did you know that the CDC website states that “rats and mice spread over 35 diseases”?  The AVMA has developed a resource to help you protect your family, pets, and livestock from rodents and rodenticides.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, April 11, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: 11 new cases of MERS have been reported in Saudi Arabia, where scientists are focusing on camels as a possible animal reservoir for the virus; anti-rabies campaigns have helped Sri Lanka cut rabies deaths by more than 90 percent in the past 40 years; a study of the world’s highest-flying bird may help improve treatment for human heart attack and stroke victims; and much more.

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People and animals: zoonoses can go both ways

By Jayme Jeffries

News this week of two people who became ill after contracting tuberculosis from their pet cats caught the interest of many readers, and again draws our focus to the subject of shared disease between animals and humans. It is also interesting to note that this transmission can occur in the opposite direction (disease spread from humans to animals), in a process termed “reverse zoonosis.” In fact, a recent study indicates a rising trend in published cases of reverse zoonoses over the last decade. Another example includes an indoor domestic cat that was confirmed to have Influenza A (H1N1) after close interaction with owners who had previously suffered from an undiagnosed influenza-like illness. In addition to companion animals, there have also been reports of disease transmission from people to livestock and wildlife. Although these cases can be uncommon, it is important to consider what diseases we as humans may pass to animals in our surrounding environment. For more information on One Health, visit: www.avma.org/onehealth.

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One Health Headlines: Fri., April 4, 2014

OneHealthIntersectionIn this week’s One Health roundup: France reports its first human rabies death in more than 10 years; studying mammary cancer in dogs may benefit human breast cancer patients as well as dogs; CDC sends team to investigate Ebola outbreak in Guinea; and more.

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One Health Headlines: Fri., March 28, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: Twenty-five pharmaceutical companies are voluntarily phasing out the use of antibiotics for growth promotion in animals processed for meat; the salmonella threat associated with baby poultry; and Ebola is confirmed as the cause of 59 deaths in Guinea.

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