Tag Archives: Mammal Vector

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ADPH and USDA announce new raccoon rabies cases in previous ORV zones, need help with surveillance

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  The Alabama Department of Public Health and the USDA Wildlife Services (WS) program in Alabama have picked up several new raccoon rabies positives to the north and west of the previous Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) barrier along the Coosa-Alabama river systems. Current, real-time testing of road-killed raccoons and strange-acting raccoons by WS has revealed […]

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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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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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New Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) baiting strategy known as “pulse baiting” to address recent raccoon-variant rabies positive cases in Central Alabama

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Since intensive oral rabies vaccination (ORV) efforts were conducted in central Alabama in 2005, new rabies cases in raccoons and foxes have popped up in Elmore and Autauga counties, areas that were considered 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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