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H5N1 Researchers Announce End of Research Moratorium – ScienceInsider

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H5N1 Researchers Announce End of Research Moratorium – ScienceInsider.

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Vector Spotlight: “Wheel Bug”

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SCIENTIFIC NAME: Arilus cristatus By Nathan D. Burkett-Cadena, AVMS member The wheel bug is a large, predatory insect native to North America and is a common inhabitant of gardens and yards. Wheel bugs get their common name from the large, rounded extension of the exoskeleton that protrudes from the dorsal thorax. This wheel-shaped extension is […]

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Update on Rabies and Raccoons in Alabama

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Since intensive oral rabies vaccination (ORV) efforts were conducted in central Alabama in 2005, new rabies cases in rac-coons and foxes have popped up in Elmore and Autauga counties, areas that were con-sidered to be raccoon-rabies-free. The USDA is considering these positive cases as “breaches” of the Alabama-Coosa river system, a natural, geographic “barrier” for […]

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Vector Spotlight: Raccoon

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SCIENTIFIC NAME Procyon lotor OTHER NAMES Masked Bandit DESCRIPTION Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are medium-sized and stocky-built animals (23.7 to 46.5 in.) with long bushy tails that have five to seven black rings. The head is broad in the rear and narrows to a short, pointed nose. The feet have hairless soles and claws that are […]

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Armadillos Linked to Leprosy in Humans

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According to an article published in the New England Journal of Medicine (364:1626-1633, April 28, 2011), researchers have discovered using genetic sequencing that armadillos infected with leprosy and some human patients diagnosed with the illness share a common strain of a leprosy-causing bacteria. The finding provides the strongest evidence to date that armadillos could transmit […]

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2016- 2017 AVMS Board of Directors

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President – Wes Anderson President Elect – Kelly Stevens Secretary – Leigh Willis Treasurer – Steven McDaniel Editor—Sonja Thomas Director – Fudd Graham Director- Barry Ambrose Director- Jason Franklin Director- Ty Jackson Vendor Liaison- Drew Lockhart Past President – Stephen Gates

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The AVMS Archive

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Wondering where all of that good stuff went when it was on the old site? You should be able to find it all here. We have included links to PDFs from past AVMS newsletters as well as a link to the old AVMS website. Archived AVMS Newsletters (PDF) 2012 January Newsletter May Newsletter 2012 Annual […]

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Feral swine hunters should use caution when field dressing harvests

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By Wesson Gaston, USDA APHIS Wildlife Services Feral swine are invasive mammals that have been known to carry over 30 diseases and 37 parasites that can be transmitted to livestock, people, pets, and wildlife. Their populations are spreading like wild fire across the United States through population dispersal, escape from high fence facilities and domestic […]

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FDA Approves First Scorpion Sting Antidote

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FDA Approves First Scorpion Sting Antidote Once stung, twice shy‖ are words to live by in the Southwestern United States, where about 11,000 people a year are stung by scorpions in Arizona alone. Though rarely life threatening, scorpion stings can be extremely pain-ful, causing numbness and burning at the wound site. And there’s been little […]

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Alabama Dept. of Ag and Industries offers on-line renewal and payment for Certified and Commercial Pesticide Applicator Licenses

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By Ashley Lovell, Editor ADAI has stepped into the future by offering an online renewal option for pesticide applicator licenses. It has also updated permit numbers and the look of the license itself. The process is relatively painless, although take care never to hit the ―back‖ browser button or re-submit credit card information, EVEN if […]

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