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, February 28, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: Vietnam is on high alert as H7N9 bird flu nears its borders; at least 25 people in Nevada faced potential exposure to rabies from a litter of puppies affected by the virus; Owls in Chile have been enlisted in the fight against the spread of hantavirus; and much more.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014

In this week’s One Health roundup: Research shows modern flu viruses often arise in domestic animals (horses, poultry, pigs), not wild birds; more than 1,000 patients and staff at the Regional Medical Center in South Carolina were evaluated for possible rabies exposure after bat sightings at the hospital; what doggy tail-chasing may reveal about our own OCD; and much more.

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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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