Veterinarians in practice are on the front lines in preventing transmission of pet-associated zoonotic parasite infections because of their knowledge of the potential risks and through their contact with pet owners.
ITHACA, N.Y. - 3/27/06 - Dr. Ruth Zadoks, a Cornell University veterinarian, recently helped identify three different strains of pig meningitis in the first documented North American case that occurred last year.
Gastrointestinal parasites are insidious causes of disease in cats. Protozoan parasitic infections in particular can be difficult to detect because there are often no signs of disease, or the signs, such as diarrhea, are nonspecific. But these infections must be uncovered and cured before they cause serious disease or spread to housemates or even owners.
WASHINGTON - 11/23/05 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture placed an interim ban on poultry imports from British Columbia (BC) following a positive test for a low-pathogenic form of H5 avian influenza.
Veterinary medicine stands at the crossroads. "I think the next five to 10 years may be the most important time in the history of veterinary medicine. Its most important challenge is to re-establish its social responsibility," reports Dr. Lonnie King, director of the Office of Strategy and Innovation for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and dean of Michigan State University's veterinary school.
At one time, rampant infectious diseases sickened and killed many animals. In the case of rabies, people also were at risk. Today in the Western world, these diseases have largely been controlled, and as vaccines improve and more animals are vaccinated appropriately, we will do even better. But what of parasitic diseases?
Several vector-borne diseases in dogs and cats appear to be emerging in the United States, including babesiosis, cytauxzoonosis, bartonellosis, leishmaniasis, hepatozoonosis, and feline ehrlichiosis. This article focuses on babesiosis, cytauxzoonosis, and bartonellosis, which have been reported with increased frequency in the United States over the past decade.
Estimates indicate there are approximately 73 million owned cats in the United States with 30 percent of American households having at least one. Cats are host to a variety of parasites, including several that are zoonotic.