Top Animal Health Links This Week (Dec 4-11)

To help you stay on top of animal health and disease news, we are posting our top links of the week, which will direct you to important information and discussions around animal health. Below, please find the links, broken down by Network. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter if you want to see the best animal health links on the net every day. Read our guides on how to use Twitter and Facebook for continuing education. If you missed last week’s top links, check them out here.

General / One Health

Flies more germ-laden than suspected  – “Flies can spread bacteria from place-to-place on their legs, feet and wings, experiments show. In fact, every step taken by a fly can transfer live bacteria, researchers said.”

Latest Ontario Rabies Map: 2 new cases of raccoon strain rabies found last week: 1 skunk from Haldimand and 1 raccoon from Niagara.


Rare ‘exotic’ tick discovered in Hunterdon County in New Jersey – It is known to transmit a disease called theileriosis to cattle, which results in severe anemia and possibly death.

Bovine TB found in South Dakota: Bovine tuberculosis confirmed in Tripp Co. cattle

From the CBC: Alberta bovine TB outbreak that prompted killing of 11,500 animals doesn’t seem to have spread: CFIA

Companion Animals

Spike in cases of disease that’s potentially deadly to dogs – We have been notified about increased lepto cases this fall. With freezing temperatures setting in, the transmission risk is decreasing and will hopefully soon be past for the season.


Butler County, Pennsylvania, Horse Tests Positive for EHV – A farm in Western Pennsylvania has been quarantined after a horse residing there tested positive for equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1)

Check out our latest Equine Owners’ and Veterinary Reports, where we look at Ontario equine disease surveillance, changes to antimicrobial use, and pneumonia and pleuropneumonia


The Feather Board Command Centre has released an Infectious Laryngotracheitis Disease Advisory for poultry farmers and small flock growers in Oxford County. Read more here

Canadian standards for care- new code of practice for laying hens


First case of lymphoproliferative viral disease in a wild turkey in the province of Québec