Author Archives: Julie Ciaramella

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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H5N1 death in Canada is first case in North America

According to a report from Canada’s CBC News, scientists have isolated the live H5N1 virus from respiratory specimens taken from a woman who died from H5N1 infection. The woman, who was from Alberta and had recently traveled to China, was the first H5N1 infection and death in North America.

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Biomedical instrument can benefit both animal and human health

A modified wide-bore 600-megahertz magnetic resonance imaging spectrometer may be able to benefit both animal and human health.

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Researchers need to prepare vaccines for next flu pandemic

An article in “The Atlantic” called “The Quest to End the Flu” illustrates the importance of being prepared for a pandemic by having effective vaccines that can be made quickly, using the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak as an example. The article is a really good read for those of us interested in One Health.

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