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Mosquito Menace On the Move

In some parts of the country, fall has arrived.  Unfortunately, in South Texas, we never really make the transition to fall colors, pumpkin spice, or crisp sunrises.  What we settle for instead, is cooling weather and decreasing hordes of blood thirsty mosquitoes.  These aerial vampires not only cause intense irritation and itching from bites, they also transmit many serious diseases.

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Another Shrimp FAD?

In our last podcast, we introduced our listeners to the basics of farmed Pacific white shrimp.  But, with any commercial livestock operation comes increased risk of disease.  The first disease we discussed was infectious hypodermal and haematopoietic necrosis virus (IHHNV).  First reported this year, IHHNV was not the first shrimp FAD to occur in the US.

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The Other Side of an FAD

When we discuss foreign animal diseases, we usually think of mammals, with the occasional bird outbreak.  But, in the field of veterinary medicine, we treat all species.  Texas has extremely varied geographic terrain, allowing many different species to call this home. Farmed Pacific white shrimp offers a sustainable source of fresh shrimp to many areas across the globe.  The practice

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P-Value, the False Idol (revisited)

The most powerful woman in the world blinded her own son to uphold her beliefs Gorgeous, brilliant, and powerful, the Empress Irene perched upon her throne and contemplated her Eastern Roman Empire. She sought to reunite it with the West through marriage with none other than Charlemagne. Luckily for the great Carolingian king, pleuritis killed him shortly before the wedding.

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Vacation Gifts No One Wants to Receive

Vacation season draws to a close.  School will soon start back.  Many people enjoyed a relaxing getaway, and perhaps stayed in a nice hotel.  In the recent outbreak of pneumonia in Atlanta, Georgia, we are reminded that occasionally people come home from vacation with more than a tan and some great memories. This particular type of pneumonia is not contagious

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I Like My DNA With Farts

Not a lot of farts, just a soupçon of farts, a light crop-dusting perhaps. Why is this? Our many bacterial nemeses do not like their DNA with farts, so it keeps ours separate. As you may have guessed, a bit of creative license exists here, but you won’t forget this mnemonic device. When do our bodies need to keep bacteria

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Another Shrimp FAD?

In our last podcast, we introduced our listeners to the basics of farmed Pacific white shrimp.  But, with any commercial livestock operation comes increased risk

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The Other Side of an FAD

When we discuss foreign animal diseases, we usually think of mammals, with the occasional bird outbreak.  But, in the field of veterinary medicine, we treat

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Bugs for Breakfast?

We are at the peak of summer equine activities: fairs, rodeos, trail rides, weekend ropings.  Unfortunately, many horse owners elect to stay home to protect

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Water Treatment Facilities

Clean water is the key to maintaining any civilization.  John Snow is credited with linking a cholera epidemic to contaminated drinking water in 1855.  According

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Why We Love Goats!

Are goats man’s second best friend? They certainly hold the qualifications. In addition to companionship, they have been providing resources to humans for thousands of

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Most Everybody Poops

Some animals don't poop Most everyone has heard of the Japanese book titled, “Everybody Poops.” It tackles the issue of shame that surrounds defecation but

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Murine Typhus

Typhus sounds remotely familiar, right?  It is another one of those diseases from the past?  Not so fast.  It is actually an emerging disease is

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Who is C. chauvoei?

Weaning will be upon us sooner than expected.  Are your calves ready?  Are they protected from blackleg? All breeds of calves are susceptible to blackleg,

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Micronutrients, Part 1

Nutrition remains a complex and fluid subject for most producers.  Keeping livestock at peak production means providing the best nutrition possible.  For ease of discussion,

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Maggots Among Us, Part 2

In the previous post, we introduced the Old World (OWS) and New World (NWS) screwworms.  Both species have many common characteristics.  Here, we discuss lifecycles

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Superfunds Near You

Congress enacted the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) on December 11, 1980.  Commonly referred to as Superfund, the Act created a tax

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Opossum Disease: EPM

Omnivorous opossums creep quietly through the night, in search of a meal of just about anything.   Many benefits come from having opossums for neighbors, including

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Equine Vaccinations

Horses are very susceptible to many vaccine preventable diseases.  Some of the more common ones are EEE/WEE/VEE, rabies, West Nile, and tetanus. These are considered

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2.5 Month Check-in

https://www.podbean.com/media/share/pb-fqjen-8ef747 Spring Break has passed, and it’s time to hit the books again.  In just 10 rapidly approaching weeks, all your hard work will be

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Cold Weather Prep

Winter has arrived in many parts of the country.  For many, this means months of snow and below freezing temperatures.  Here are a few things

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Raccoon Roundworm

Baylisascaris procyonis is the name of the roundworm found in raccoons.  It does infect other wildlife species (e.g., skunks, bears) and domestic dogs.  People are

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Macronutrients

In the last post, we introduced the components of a livestock ration.  Here, we delve a little deeper into what happens when the diet is

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To Pet or to Fret

I love capers! When I see these tasty little delicacies included in the description of a savory dish, my mouth is already watering. Being a

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Equine Hoof Care, Part 2

What happens when equine feet are neglected, or environmental conditions are less than ideal? The hoof is under constant assault from arid conditions, wet conditions,

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Rabbit Fever

If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free to play the audio version of this blog by clicking on the player above. Podcast: Rabbit

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Botulism

Canning your own foods at home is a great way to preserve extra food, and provide meals for your family.  If the process is not

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First Aid Basics

No one wants to deal with a medical emergency.  They are never planned, and always seem to occur at the least opportune time.  You can

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Anthrax

If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free to play the audio version of this blog by clicking on the player above. Podcast: AnthraxLength:

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Hierarchy of Control

Protecting workers from occupational hazards is a complex process.  Workplace injuries cost industry billions of dollars every year in lost production and medical expenses.  To

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Biosecurity

Biosecurity is a very important aspect of any size operation, from a handful of chickens in the backyard to large commercial swine operations.  The purpose

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TSE Part 4: BSE

In our fourth and final installment of prion diseases, we will discuss probably the most familiar of the TSEs: bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). Most cases

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Bobcat Fever

First described in Missouri in 1970, Cytauxzoon felis is a tick-transmitted protozoan within the family Theileriidae.  Bobcats and recovered domestic cats act as reservoir hosts

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