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PET & ANIMAL HEALTH

Pet-Store Puppies Carry Drug-Resistant Infection

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – According to a study, strains of drug-resistant Campylobacter jejuni have been circulating since at least 2011 and are associated with illness among pet store customers, employees, and others who come into contact with pet store puppies. The study was published in JAMA Network Open and led by Louise K. Francois Watkins, MD, MPH, a researcher with the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. According to the CDC, Campylobacter causes an estimated 1.5...

Vaccine Offers Pig Farms Defense Against African Swine Fever Virus

USDA research highlights a new vaccine candidate that has been shown to prevent and effectively protect both European and Asia bred swine against the current circulating Asian strain of the virus.

Fauci’s Monkey Experiment Did Not Work Out As Planned

"By the end of March, the scientists at [the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases] were experimenting with monkeys and reviewing early data from humans showing that booster shots provided a rapid increase in protective antibodies — even against dangerous variants."

Urgent Action Needed To Keep Chinese Swine Virus Out Of America

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – Since the current African Swine Fever (ASF) panzootic began in the Liaoning province of China in 2018, the United States and Canada have kept the pig virus out of North America. But, in July, USDA’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnosis Laboratory confirmed ASF in pigs from the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean region, only 700 miles from the United States. There’s never been any finding of ASF in the United States...

Invasive Species Threaten Environmental, Human Health

CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS – Here I am again, flying to another adventure. The first leg of this trip will be to the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, area. The air rifle company Gamo has initiated a little expedition here, and it is centered around invasive species in this area, namely the green iguana. Iguanas, Larry? Really? You are going to be hunting iguanas? Well, yes, but hear me out. In case you don't know, southern Florida has become...

FDA Warns Firm After Hundreds Of Dogs Died

FOOD SAFETY NEWS As part of its enforcement activities, the Food and Drug Administration sends warning letters to entities under its jurisdiction. Some letters are not posted for public view until weeks or months after they are sent. Business owners have 15 days to respond to FDA warning letters. Warning letters often are not issued until a company has been given months to years to correct problems. The FDA frequently redacts parts of warning...

Pet Hedgehogs Keep Making Kids Sick

FOOD SAFETY NEWS – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has identified a cluster of 17 Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to pet hedgehogs. The cluster was detected in July 2020 by PulseNet, the national molecular subtyping network for enteric disease surveillance. The isolates were closely related genetically to each other by whole genome sequencing (WGS) analysis and related to isolates from two previous outbreaks of Salmonella Typhimurium infections linked to pet hedgehogs. There were 49...

Florida Man Needs 3 Days To Get Iguana Out Of Toilet

Dressed in protective clothing and gloves and with encouragement from his family, a Florida man made multiple attempts to fish an iguana out of his toilet, but it kept swimming back down.

Florida Man Attacked In Boat By Alligator

Newsweek – A Florida hunter has recalled the moment a large alligator leapt out of the water and almost claimed his arm, in what he thinks was an attempt to defend itself. Carsten Kieffer, a firefighter, was hunting alligators with friends at Lake Jesup in Florida in August 2020 when the incident occurred. Spotting one, Kieffer and his companions managed to hook onto an alligator in order to catch it. However, the father-of-two said the animal managed...

‘Big Bird’ Chicks Thrive Post-Covid

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A year after pandemic precautions all but halted work to raise the world's most endangered cranes for release into the wild, the efforts are back in gear. Fourteen long-legged, fuzzy brown whooping crane chicks — one more than in 2019 — are following their parents or costumed surrogates in facilities from New Orleans to Calgary, Canada. "We are thrilled to have bounced back in the wake of the pandemic," said...

Officials Plan To Vaccinate Gorillas

WFAE – Zookeepers with the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro say they're expecting a shipment of experimental COVID-19 vaccines specially designed for animals this month, allowing them to start vaccinating some of the animals in their care. The zoo's primates will be first in line for the shots, said Dr. Jb Minter, director of animal health at the North Carolina Zoo. "We were only able to get enough for our gorillas and chimps, and that's...

Florida Residents Warned: ‘Stay Away From Bodies Of Water’ – Is That Even Possible?

An alligator trapper is warning people and pets to stay away from bodies of water after a woman's dog was attacked and killed by one. The gator responsible in the attack was captured and killed off of the West Orange Trail in Winter Garden.

Emotional Support Dogs On Duty In Surfside

Local10.com, SURFSIDE, Fla. – Hundreds of first responders are working around the clock at the Surfside building collapse site, searching for more than 100 people who are still unaccounted for. The emotional toll is extremely heavy and difficult to bear, and Miami-Dade Fire Rescue is turning to man’s best friend for help. While you may be more familiar with seeing urban search and rescue dogs, MDFR has another team of K9s on a life-saving mission. “These dogs...

New Tech Could Doom Invasive Pythons

Researchers at the University of Central Florida have published a first-of-its-kind study that shows that near-infrared (NIR) spectrum cameras can help hunters more effectively track down these invasive snakes, especially at night.
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