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This week is Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, an annual celebration of all the laboratory professionals, pathologists, microbiologists, parasitologists and residents who play a critical role in veterinary and medical care. Please take the time this week to show your appreciation to those associated with:
A canine influenza outbreak has been reported in the Chicago area. This is a new strain of virus - H3N2 - previously seen only in Asia, according to a report from Cornell University.
Dogs may exhibit symptoms that include:
eye and nose discharge,
lack of energy (lethargy) and
In a recently reported article by The Columbus Dispatch, a Western bird-flu strain identified as avian influenza, or H5N2, hit the West Coast last year, has made its way to South and Central America, the Plains of Midwest states, and into Canada, and has potential to make its way to Ohio. The avian flu outbreak has not been linked to any human illness, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, but its economic impact could be severe.
Cute but Risky? - Assistant Professor of Equine Practice, Dr. Jonathan Yardley stated that "30 percent of baby chicks from agriculture supply stores are contaminated with salmonella." Salmonella comes as a bacteria that causes food poisoning in humans. Remember, especially during the Easter holiday season, your children are at risk of infection if they're playing with baby chicks.
This past fall a team of 14 U.S. veterinarians, technicians, students and assistants traveled to Ibarra, Ecuador, to volunteer in a week-long spay/neuter clinic.
There have been three confirmed cases of Equine Herpes Virus: one in Michigan and two in Ohio. The Ohio farm is in Muskingum County, and it has been placed under quarantine by the Ohio Department of Agriculture. One of the ill horses has been euthanized and the other is responding to treatment. None of the other horses on the farm are currently symptomatic. Horse owners are reminded that the virus is treatable in its early stages and is highly contagious. The earliest warning symptom is fever.
Brooke Burton discovered Dennis, a 6-year-old miniature dachshund, in 2013. Dennis had been in the care of Burton's relative, who had been over-feeding the dog with an extremely unhealthy mix of human foods, leaving Dennis at a shocking 56 pounds. He could barely walk.
Third-year veterinary students and roller-blade enthusiasts Chelsea Weber and Jessica Christine are rollerbladed from Columbus to Cincinnati over spring break.
In continuation of Oath in Action, an opportunity to reach out and connect to the animal loving public outside of the veterinary clinic, local veterinarians and Ohio State veterinary students volunteered in early March to visit clients of LifeCare Alliance to perform general wellness examinations on their four-legged family members at their homes.