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2014-04-16 12:30:30

AUSTIN, Texas, April 16, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- April marks National Heartworm Awareness Month, a time for pet owners to brush up on how heartworm prevention can keep their pets safe from the serious and potentially fatal heartworm disease. Pet owners should take this month as a reminder to discuss with their veterinarians how to best prevent heartworm disease in their pets. Unfortunately, there is no treatment for heartworms in cats, and the treatment for infected dogs is...

2014-04-15 16:22:04

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) today announced it is awarding nearly $2.1 million in West Nile Virus (WNV) Control Program Grants to 26 counties. "These county grants ensure that mosquito populations stay in check to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus," DEP Secretary E. Christopher Abruzzo said. "Locally-based programs play an important role in protecting the public from this perennial problem." The...

2014-04-11 23:01:01

Now that spring has arrived, so have the pests. Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic wants to inform pet owners of ways to keep their pets safe from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests. Damariscotta, ME (PRWEB) April 11, 2014 Spring has arrived which is exciting news for many. However, for people with pets, the return of seasonal pests is not such exciting news. Damariscotta Veterinary Clinic wants to inform pet owners of the threat that fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests pose to...

2014-04-11 14:51:54

The bicolored shrew is a protected species in Central Europe, but these furry insect-eaters have a dark secret. Researchers from the Vetmeduni Vienna have discovered that bicolored shrews carry the Borna virus. Infection with this virus causes fatal encephalitis in horses. The mechanisms of transmission had until now been unclear, but we now know more about one route - from bicolored shrews to hosts. The study was published recently in the journal PLOS ONE. The Borna disease – named...

2014-04-10 08:30:18

Forum uniquely brings together leading family offices and their foundations seeking impact investment, grant-giving, and philanthropy opportunities within health and life sciences SAN CARLOS, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Savant HWP, a privately held pharmaceutical development company focused on unmet medical needs in addiction medicine and selected other global health issues, announced today it has been selected to present at the Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum taking...

2014-04-09 23:28:28

The innovative collection combines sun protection and insect repellent treatments for maximum outdoor protection. For 2014, ExOfficio is expanding their assortment to include over 30 BugsAway products for men and women, including jackets, shirts, pants, hats, and socks. Seattle, WA (PRWEB) April 09, 2014 The ExOfficio expansion is timely given the rise in insect-borne diseases such as Lyme and West Nile Virus. Tick-Borne Disease Alliance: According to the TBDA (Tick-Borne Disease...

WHO Reports On Ebolavirus, Emergency Response And Disease Transmission
2014-04-07 11:00:20

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online As of April 4, the Ministry of Health of Guinea has reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) 143 clinically compatible cases of infection from Ebolavirus disease (EVD). Of these, 54 have been laboratory confirmed by polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The total number of deaths associated with this outbreak stands at 86 – a case fatality rate of about 60 percent – of which sixteen have been lab-confirmed as EVD deaths, 65...

2014-04-02 23:23:17

Simplified Schistosomiasis field urine test to help turn tide against world’s second most devastating parasitic disease. Kent, WA (PRWEB) April 02, 2014 A leading producer of laboratory filtration equipment is encouraging wider adoption of its all-in-one Schistosomiasis field urine test kit. The Sterlitech Schistosome Test Kit contains everything necessary to perform a large number of fast, accurate, on-site urine tests for Schistosome eggs without the need for complicated equipment....

'Unprecedented' Ebola Outbreak Sweeping Across Parts Of West Africa
2014-04-01 10:23:22

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online An “unprecedented” outbreak of Ebola hemorrhagic fever (EHF) has spread throughout Guinea and beyond with more than a hundred patients confirmed to have the highly-infectious and equally as deadly disease. The first reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) surfaced just over a week ago on March 23, after the Ministry of Health of Guinea reported to the UN health arm that the disease was rapidly spreading throughout the...

London Crossrail Project Unearths History Of Black Death
2014-03-31 08:45:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A forensic analysis of teeth taken from 660-year-old skeletons recently dug up during London’s Crossrail project excavations reveal that the corpses were the victims from the great Black Death pandemic of the 14th century. The skeletal teeth contain DNA from the plague bacterium Yersinia pestis and were dated to 1348-50. According to historical records, thousands of Londoners perished during these years and were dumped in a mass...


Latest Zoonoses Reference Libraries

Paragonimus westermani
2014-01-12 00:00:00

Paragonimus westermani is a species of fluke, or flatworm that is classified within the Platyhelminthes phylum. This species is abundant in South America and Asia and affects the lungs of humans and other hosts. It was first discovered in 1878 in Europe after two Bengal tigers died. In 1879, Ringer found this species in the lungs of a human. Manson and Erwin von Baelz identified the sputum and eggs separately in 1880, after which Manson asserted that a snail was most likely the worm's...

Eye-worm, Loa loa
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The eye-worm (Loa loa) is a species of roundworm within the Nematoda phylum. It can be found in India and Africa, among other areas. This species causes a disease known as Loa loa filariasis and is one of three species that can cause subcutaneous filariasis in humans. Females are larger than males, reaching an average body length of up to 2.7 inches, with males reaching an average body length of up to 1.3 inches. The first stage of life for the eye-worm begins when an adult worm, which is...

Dog Roundworm, Toxocara canis
2014-01-12 00:00:00

The dog roundworm (Toxocara canis) is a species of parasitic worm that infects canid species. It is yellowish white in color and can reach an average length between 3.5 and 7 inches, with females typically growing large than males. The dog roundworm can be transmitted in four different ways. The most common form of transmission occurs when an egg containing second stage larvae is released onto the ground in feces. Once the egg has been ingested, it will move through the small intestines...

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2012-04-02 20:35:58

The White-footed Mouse, (Peromyscus leucopus), is a species of rodent native to North America. Its range extends from Ontario, Quebec, Labrador and the Maritime Provinces (excluding Newfoundland) south to the southwestern United States and Mexico. In Texas this creature is known as the Woodmouse. The adult of this species measures 3.5 to 3.9 inches in length, not counting the tail, which can measure an additional 2.5 to 3.8 inches. It weighs typically about an ounce. It has a maximum life...

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2011-04-25 21:24:26

Rickettsia rickettsii is a gram-negative bacterium native to the New World and causes the malady known as Rocky Mountain spotted fever (RMSF). It is transmitted through the bit of an infected tick when it feeds on animals and humans. Humans are not necessary hosts in the rickettsia-tick life cycle but they can be. S. Burt Wolbach created the first detailed description of the etiologic agent in 1919. He recognized it as an intracellular bacterium seen most frequently in endothelial cells....

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