Author Archives: Julie Ciaramella

Findings of sea lion study could help humans and animals

Due to a neurotoxin carried in algae, sea lions can develop a form of epilepsy that’s similar to that found in humans. Thanks to the findings of a new study led by Stanford University researchers, the sea lions’ seizures could be prevented — and better treatment for epilepsy could be on the way for both animals and humans.

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Reducing risk of being infected with cat scratch disease

Have you ever heard of cat scratch disease? There are 22,000 cases of cat scratch disease in the United States every year, writes Dr. Lawrence Gerson in his column for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Cat scratch disease is caused by Bartonella henselae, and, as you might guess, most people who develop cat scratch disease have been bitten or scratched by a cat. Not all cats carry B. henselae, and among those that do, kittens are the most likely carriers, the CDC says. Even if a cat carries B. henselae, though, they don’t show any signs of illness. Symptoms for people include swollen lymph nodes, fever, headache, fatigue, and a poor appetite.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, Feb. 14, 2014

In this week’s One Health round up: a Canadian woman who died from H5N1 flu may have caught it in an illegal bird market; researchers in Shanghai announced preliminary success in developing a vaccine for H7N9 avian flu; and more.

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Preventing zoonotic diseases

If you’ve ever needed a quick roundup of some of the most common zoonotic diseases that can affect people and pets, the North Carolina Veterinary Medical Association has some good information. The article includes a brief overview of rabies, Lyme disease, and other diseases, as well as information on zoonotic disease prevention.

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Avian flu viruses come from same “mother” virus

H7N9 avian flu has been in the news a lot lately, along with a new type of bird flu, H10N8. Researchers say that these bird flu viruses — H7N9, H10N8, and H5N1, which is still common — all come from the same mother virus, H9N2.

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