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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

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 Continue Reading

There’s Nothing Humorous or Humoral About Poison Ivy

Great stories require great villains, which implies three-dimensional, well-developed characters.  Often, they generate more interest and fascination than the hero, hence, the prevalence of antiheroes in modern movies and tv. From DC comics, Poison Ivy instills ambivalence. As Batman’s nemesis, we begin hating her, but may discover ourselves admiring her. Her passion revolves around the Continue Reading

Threatening Our Deer: EHDV

Imagine a beautiful summer evening.  You are sitting in your chair, listening to the birds and watching deer move in.  Such a peaceful, serene, relaxing evening.  Now, imagine the same idyllic scene with no deer. North American cervids are at risk of epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV). As an Orbivirus, family Reoviridae, it comes as Continue Reading

Nietzsche, and How He Helps Us Beat Ya, Malaria

Paraphrased, Nietzsche said, “There are no facts, only interpretation.” This could apply to malarial species. If you do some intense data searching, that is, you have a computer, Wi-Fi, and then Google, “number of malaria species that infect people” – typical results include 4, 5, and 6. They could all be correct. Four has been Continue Reading