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Jul 14, 2006

Jul 14, 2006

USDA, FAO to launch animal disease crisis center

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced today that a new animal disease crisis management center will begin operating in late July at FAO headquarters in Rome, with an initial focus on H5N1 avian influenza.

Jul 12, 2006

Jul 12, 2006

USDA releases farm biosecurity guide

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) today released a guide to helps farmers protect crops and animals from security threats.

The guide, titled "Pre-Harvest Security Guidelines and Checklist 2006," offers voluntary, practical measures to help farmers protect crops and animals from natural disasters and naturally or intentionally introduced pathogens.

Jun 21, 2006

Jun 21, 2006

Report faults USDA surveillance for avian flu

(CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) does not have adequate measures in place to test for and monitor avian influenza in commercial poultry, an audit by the department's inspector general said yesterday, according to news services.

Jun 02, 2006

Jun 02, 2006

Recombinant vaccines protect poultry from avian flu, Newcastle disease

(CIDRAP News) – Two vaccines protected chickens against Newcastle disease (ND) and avian influenza and may provide approaches for producing human vaccines against the H5N1 avian flu virus, according to two studies published in the May 26 issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Apr 07, 2006

Apr 07, 2006

USDA sets 2009 goal for livestock tracking system

(CIDRAP News) – Under a schedule laid out yesterday by federal agriculture officials, a nationwide livestock identification system to help in the investigation and control of animal disease outbreaks will be fully operational by 2009.

Feb 01, 2006

Feb 01, 2006

Minnesota cattle no longer listed as TB-free

(CIDRAP News) – Minnesota cattlemen are facing an economic blow from a once-banished nemesis: bovine tuberculosis.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced on Dec 8 that the USDA would drop the state's TB status a notch, from TB-free to "Modified Accredited Advanced." The reduction in status took effect Jan 30.

Sep 27, 2005

Sep 27, 2005

New canine flu virus came from horses

(CIDRAP News) – A respiratory illness that recently emerged in racing greyhounds is caused by an influenza virus that jumped from horses to dogs, disease experts reported yesterday.

Aug 17, 2005

Aug 17, 2005

Pig-linked disease outbreak in China ebbs

(CIDRAP News) – The outbreak of an unusual pig-related disease in China might be nearly spent, and evidence continued to point to Streptococcus suis as the cause, the World Health Organization (WHO) said yesterday.

Aug 05, 2005

Aug 05, 2005

Pigs and people in China continue to fall ill from puzzling disease

(CIDRAP News) – Reports from China today put the number of human cases of the baffling disease spreading through pigs in several areas at high as 212, with some 134 people still hospitalized and at least 14 considered critical. The number of deaths so far stands at 38.

Aug 04, 2005

Aug 04, 2005

Bad year for anthrax outbreaks in US livestock

(CIDRAP News) –Weather and soil conditions in several areas of the United States are leading to record livestock losses from anthrax. This summer, approximately 400 animals have died in North and South Dakota, Texas, and Minnesota.

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