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

Ruminant Abortions: What’s Your Differential?

Differential Diagnosis The ACVPM exam is over, and you decide to reward your hard work with a relaxing night out.  While at supper, you are drawn into a nearby conversation with fellow ACVPM candidates discussing a recent outbreak of abortions in local sheep and goats back home in Kenya.  Some sick calves have been noted Continue Reading

Foreign Filoviridae: Ebola

Ebola hemorrhagic fever Ebola hemorrhagic fever no longer exists as a mysterious disease in the jungles of Africa.  It has once again reared its ugly head, this time moving into more populated areas.  This becomes an emerging public health threat quickly.  With the rate of human travel, an infected individual could be anywhere in the Continue Reading

Smoking out the definition of typhus

Typhus, apoplexy, dysentery, dropsy, and coryza are all medical terms of yesteryear, and many of these words have not survived in common medical usage. This is due, in large part, to a lack of specificity in their meaning. Apoplexy, for example, could refer to both strokes and heart attacks. Dropsy is generalized edema. Abdominal dropsy Continue Reading