Author Archives: Julie Ciaramella

Second case of MERS confirmed in U.S.

MERS (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome) has been in the news lately, as the second case has been confirmed in the United States, this time in Florida. (The first case was confirmed in Indiana.) In both cases, the infected patients traveled to the United States from Saudi Arabia. The cases are not related, and both patients are expected to recover.

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Raising awareness of mosquito-borne diseases during Mosquito Week

Over at Mashable, Bill Gates (yep, that Bill Gates) wrote a post about the importance of recognizing the health risks posed by mosquitoes. These bugs might only be a summertime nuisance for a lot of us, but Gates writes that among the poor, mosquitoes can be deadly. They carry malaria, which kills more than 600,000 people a year, and other diseases, like dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis. To raise awareness about mosquito-borne diseases, Gates is taking a page from Shark Week and holding Mosquito Week at his blog, GatesNotes, all this week.

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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., 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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Good hygiene necessary when it comes to baby poultry

The arrival of spring means that baby poultry start showing up in feed and pet stores around the country. The chicks may be cute — and children especially seem to love them — but they can also carry salmonella, even if they appear healthy. It’s especially important that children are supervised around chicks, and that everyone, regardless of age, follows basic protocols for good hygiene after touching or simply being around chicks or touching anything in the area where they live.

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