Tag: infection

Abstracts: Hendra virus and horse owners – risk perception and management

Hendra virus is a highly pathogenic novel paramyxovirus causing sporadic fatal infection in horses and humans in Australia. Species of fruit-bats (genus┬áPteropus), commonly known as flying-foxes, are the natural host of the virus. We undertook a survey of horse owners in the states of Queensland and New South Wales, Australia […]

Worms remain a public health risk as only half of Australians pick up dog poo in public

A survey which found that more than 1000 Australian dog owners found that only 56 per cent clean up after their dog in public is an important reminder to worm dogs regularly, according to a leading parasitologist. The study, conducted by Milbemax, found that men were worse than women, with […]

Challenges in prognostication of FIV-positive patients

A Sydney University study published in the Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine found that the presence of haematologic and biochemical abnormalities could not be relied upon to determine clinical progression of FIV in sick feline patients, and that FIV-positive status alone did not have a negative impact on survival. The […]

Bligh says govt acted before Hendra report

The Queensland Government had made significant changes to the way it handled Hendra virus outbreaks well before the ombudsman released a critical report, Premier Anna Bligh said. Ombudsman Phil Clarke’s report highlighted inadequate communication between veterinarians and horse owners. Clarke said systemic failures had hampered the Labor government’s response to […]

Global effort leads to the biggest victory in veterinary history

Scientists are confident that the acute viral disease rinderpest, that has devastated cattle and their keepers for thousands of years, has been eradicated world-wide. The eradication is being heralded as the biggest achievement in veterinary history and is expected to save countless lives in some of the poorest countries of […]