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

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

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, not just black ones.  Beef cattle have a slightly higher risk, do to heavier muscling.  Clostridium chauvoei causes an emphysematous swelling in muscles, affecting cattle and sheep.  Also referred to Continue Reading

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

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