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Video produced by AMCA reveals emotional and real impacts of mosquito-borne diseases

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Th AMCA has produced a video to put a human face on the mosquito-borne virus statistics that we see every summer.  It is pretty powerful. The video was produced in an effort to encourage public support of personal protective measures and community mosquito control.  For more information, visit the I’m One Program web site.

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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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AVMS Editor’s Husband “Ticked Off”

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G. Lovell, a fisheries biologist with ADCNR, was thankful his wife Ashley was familiar with the tell-tale signs of erythema migrans. Thanks to her 11-year membership in AVMS, she recognized this rash when it appeared in the summer of 2010 and took him to the doctor for treatment. He was likely exposed to the tick […]

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