Zoonoses/Shared Disease:

Animals give so much to our lives in so many ways, but our close connections also bring risks. Zoonotic (pronounced “ZOO-oh-NOT-ick”) diseases are diseases that are spread from animals to humans. It is estimated that 75% of all emerging diseases are zoonotic.

Study: one tick bite can expose people to two or more diseases

We know that ticks can carry Lyme disease, but researchers have found that people can be exposed to two — sometimes even three — diseases when they’re bitten by a tick.

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Pet cat tests positive for rabies in Colorado

In Colorado, an indoor/outdoor domestic cat tested positive for rabies after it bit and scratched its owner, who is receiving post-exposure treatment. Two dogs in the household are under a 45-day home observation, and thankfully both are up-to-date on their vaccines. This is an important reminder to have your pets vaccinated for rabies, and to make sure those vaccines stay current.

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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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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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