Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Rabies - A Threat To Pets and People

Rabies is a disease we usually think of as having well under control with vaccinations. But the deadly disease seems to emerge each spring and summer as a problem. Rabies is a scary disease because it is fatal to both people and pets and every year we should look at keeping ourselves and our pets (both dogs and cats) safe. Rabies is also a highly regulated disease and all pet owners must follow the vaccination requirements to help keep this killer at bay. Vaccination rules vary according to where you live, so advice from your veterinarian is essential. Watch this video to learn more.

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Leptospirosis - Threat To Man And Beast

Leptospirosis is an old bacterial disease that is getting a lot of new attention recently. It is rarely fatal, but can seriously damage the liver, kidneys, and eyes. Additional strains of this old disease are causing an increased number of cases in both people and animals. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease - a disease that can be transmitted between people and animals. Learn what can be causing this increase of Leptospirosis - who is at risk, and what can be done to protect people and pets.


LEPTOSPIROSIS THREAT IN HURRICANE AREAS.... According to Dr. Kenneth Harkin, an expert on leptospirosis, leptospirosis could be a threat in flooded areas in the Gulf Coast that were not contaminated by sewage and chemicals. While the greater part of New Orleans will most likely not experience the threat of leptospirosis, some areas in Mississippi and Louisiana could be affected. Areas that received a large amount of rain, even without substantial flooding, would be at a higher risk. Harkin's research has found that, in Thailand, leptospirosis ranked just behind Dengue fever in one disease outbreak following flooding. In Puerto Rico in 1996, the prevalence of leptospirosis jumped four-fold in Dengue-negative patients following a Hurricane. Press Play Video Now.

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