AFB: A Threat to All of American Agriculture

We have discussed many aspects of agriculture and food safety.  There remains one species of food producing animals who rarely get the credit they deserve.  This group forms the backbone of many sectors of agriculture, and often go unnoticed.  While they do give their lives to provide subsistence for humans, we do not eat them.  Continue Reading

Virulent Newcastle Disease

The US is currently battling another foreign animal disease (FAD) outbreak.  Virulent Newcastle Disease (VND) made its way into southern California and continues to spread.  Newcastle Disease is considered to be one of the most important poultry diseases worldwide.  The disease was first discovered in Indonesia in 1926. Newcastle Disease is caused by an avian Continue Reading

No, You Can’t Feed Goats Anything!

I remember being a small child and my father took me to the Los Angeles Zoo. Having been raised in the suburbs, livestock represented cute accessories to my finished, miniature Lincoln-Log cabins that I would construct. Small plastic sheep and goats would be set within the small green fence that I would make around the Continue Reading

West Nile Virus: From Introduction to Endemnicity

The weather around the globe continues its unpredictable pattern.  Many areas of the US are experiencing unusual flooding for this time of year.  With flood waters, come hordes of tiny vectors, harboring many infectious diseases. Among these, a few are zoonotic.  In 1999, a veterinarian at the Bronx Zoo in New York City noticed an Continue Reading

Is African Swine Fever Headed Your Way?

It has been a very active summer for emerging disease outbreaks across the globe.  The US has had two outbreaks thus far and is bracing for a third.  Backyard poultry flocks have been scourged with Virulent Newcastle Disease, and commercial turkey flocks are fighting Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza.  On the heels of these outbreaks, the Continue Reading