Aspergillosis

Aspergillosis cytology Photo by Nephron on Wikimedia

What is Aspergillus?

¬†Aspergillus is a fungus (or mould) that is very common in the environment. It is found in soil, on plants and in decaying plant matter. It is also found in household dust, building materials, and even in spices and some food items. There . . . → Read More: Aspergillosis

Anthrax

Anthrax Image from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Public Health Image Library

What is anthrax?

Anthrax is an acute disease caused by infection with the spore-forming bacterium called Bacillus anthracis. It can affect a wide variety of domestic and wild animals. The disease usually occurs very suddenly in cattle and sheep. . . . → Read More: Anthrax

Cryptosporidium enteritis

Cryptosporidiosis life cycle. Image from Wikimedia

Cryptosporidium enteritis

Cryptosporidium enteritis is an infection of the small intestine with the parasite Cryptosporidium that causes diarrhea.

Causes Cryptosporidium has recently been recognized as a worldwide cause of diarrhea in all age groups. Its major impact has been among those with weakened immune systems, including: People . . . → Read More: Cryptosporidium enteritis

West Nile Virus Prevention

Mosquito Photo by Pratheep P S, www.pratheep.com

PREVENTION IS THE BEST PROTECTION

As the virus is only spread by mosquitoes, staying inside from dusk to dawn and wearing long sleeved clothing are your best bets but if you are going to be exposed to insects, your options include:

¬†Insect repellants: substances applied to . . . → Read More: West Nile Virus Prevention

West Nile Virus

Mosquito Photo Credit : Jim Gathany

WHAT IS WEST NILE VIRUS?

West Nile virus belongs to a family of viruses called Flaviviridae. It is spread by mosquitoes that have fed on the blood of infected birds. West Nile virus is closely related to the viruses that cause Dengue fever, Yellow Fever and St. . . . → Read More: West Nile Virus

Animal health and hygeine

Cartoon of a dog with rabies from 1826

Animal health and hygiene

Animal health is a vital part of good livestock management, particularly in confinement systems where diseases can quickly affect all animals. Maintenance of a clean, dry environment is obviously important, but a number of other factors are also crucial . . . → Read More: Animal health and hygeine