Biosafety Level Labs

What is a BSL?  Sounds kind of scary, but they are very important in research and diagnosing disease.  BSL stands for Biosafety Lab.  There are four levels of BSLs.  Each handles increasing levels of infectious material, and therefore require higher measures of protection for lab workers. If you prefer to listen to podcasts, feel free Continue Reading

Foot and Mouth Disease

Foot and mouth disease (FMD) is a highly contagious viral disease of over 70 species of wild and domestic cloven-hoofed mammals.  From the OIE Technical Disease Cards, the early signs include “vesicles on the tongue, dental pad, buccal mucosa, cheeks, gums, hard and soft palate, nostrils, muzzle, feet, corium of dewclaws, interdigital spaces, or teats”.  Continue Reading

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 “core” vaccinations for all horses.  Vaccination for other diseases, such as influenza, EHV 1 & 4, and strangles are based on risk.  Some horses have higher risk of exposure to Continue Reading

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 of biosecurity is to prevent infectious diseases from coming into the herd or flock.                 There are many ways that disease can enter a premises.  Bacteria and viruses can be Continue Reading