One Health Headlines: Friday, March 2, 2012

More reminders in the news this week that rabies, while far less prevalent in the United States than it was in the past, is still lurking and still a serious public health issue. Authorities in New Mexico announced that 32 dogs in the southeast part of the state have been euthanized since December due to rabies exposure, and in Tennessee, two horses have recently succumbed to the disease. A number of people have required post-exposure prophylaxis as a result. All of these deaths (with the possible exception of puppies too young to be fully vaccinated) could have been prevented with vaccination.

Other stories in this week’s One Health roundup include an update on the campylobacter outbreak due to raw milk in Pennsylvania, how a newly discovered subtype of influenza found in fruit bats could help shed light on the virus’ evolution, and a look at how dogs are helping teach juvenile inmates in Texas about love and compassion.

Thanks for reading, and have a happy and healthy weekend!

32 dogs in Carlsbad area euthanized due to rabies

Alamogordo Daily News (N.M.)

Rabies confirmed in Rutherford County horse
Daily News Journal (Tenn.)

Recent illness outbreak from raw milk is Pennsylvania’s most severe
The Patriot-News (Pa.)

Bats harbour influenza
Nature (U.K.)

Genetically Altered Bird Flu Virus Not as Dangerous as Believed, Its Maker Asserts
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Proposed biolab’s design changes have dropped risk, federal study says
Kansas City Star

Cat scratch disease may be safe in pregnancy

Juvenile inmates bond with dog through program
Houston Chronicle

Dog offers new life for boy with diabetes
Kingwood Observer (Texas)

Lobster growth cited as climate change indicator
CBC News (Canada)

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