TSE Part 3: Scrapie

In our third installment of prion diseases, we will discuss the oldest of the TSEs: scrapie. Scrapie affects sheep, goats, and their close relatives. Scrapie received its name from the intense pruritis that affected animals exhibit. First described in Great Britain in the 1750s, scrapie can now be found worldwide, expect for Australia and New […]

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TSE Part 2: Chronic Wasting Disease

We covered the basics of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies in our previous post. We will delve a little deeper into the three economically significant diseases in the remaining posts. White tail season closed last week. Hopefully, the season was successful for those who endured endless hours of scouting, fine tuning scopes and bows, and freezing in […]

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Leptospirosis: A Continued Threat

Sea lions in California are once again battling a debilitating and fatal disease.  This disease affects multiple species, including humans.  It may sound like the next zombie apocalypse heading our way, but in truth, it’s a very old disease. Leptospirosis was first described in 1883.  Since that time, the bacteria have been found across the […]

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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.  […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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