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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One Health Headlines: Fri., March 21, 2014

OneHealthIntersectionIn this week’s One Health roundup: The World Health Organization calls China’s H7N9 bird flu outbreak “an epidemic”; scientists are hopeful that interventions to prevent seizures in sea lions will also benefit humans; Research into how dogs pick up social cues may offer insight into human behavioral and cognitive science; and much more.

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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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One Health Headlines: Fri., March 14, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: People who keep backyard poultry flocks may be at an increased risk of Salmonella infections; a rare outbreak of skin infections linked to seafood markets has been reported in New York’s Chinatown; Libya reports its first H5N1 bird flu outbreak; and more.

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