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#ANTIBIOTIC GUIDELINES

For the first time, the World Health Organization has issued guidelines for how antibiotics should be used in food animals. Worried about an increasing epidemic of drug-resistant infections, the WHO called on global governments to ban the use of antibiotics for growth promotion and preventive medicine. The WHO also called on veterinarians to avoid antibiotics… read more

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ATYPICAL BSE FOUND IN #ALABAMA

@USDA Tuesday announced it had detected an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in an eleven-year-old cow in Alabama. Atypical BSE generally occurs rarely and spontaneously in older cattle. USDA says the animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply or human health. (USDA Press Release)

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SWINE FLU OUTBREAK

State officials have ordered the slaughter of nearly 300 hogs at a county fair in southwest Ohio after at least two animals tested positive for swine flu. (AP)

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U.S. MOBILIZES TO THWART BIRD FLU

U.S. poultry companies and regulators are taking unprecedented steps to combat the potential return of an avian-influenza virus that roiled egg and turkey farmers earlier this year and resulted in the death of more than 48 million birds. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, bracing for a return of the virus during autumn migration season, is… read more

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ANTIBIOTIC BAN

California has adopted the toughest limits in the nation on the use of antibiotics in healthy livestock, barring their routine use to prevent illness or promote growth. The law also eliminates the availability of livestock antibiotics for over-the-counter sales.

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AVIAN FLU UPDATE

Bird Flu could claim an additional 4 million of Iowa’s egg-laying chickens on two more farms in a county already hit by the disease, according to Iowa agriculture officials.

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BIRD FLU UPDATE

USDA revised downward its estimate of an Iowa chicken flock hit with a deadly strain of avian influenza, while confirming several new cases in smaller flocks. Mexico also announced a ban on all poultry exports from the state of Iowa. The National Chicken Council has some talking points available.

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ZOETIS FOR SALE?

The Wall Street Journal says activist investor William Ackman has taken a roughly $2 billion stake in Zoetis Inc. and could push the animal-health company to sell itself to a large drug maker. Zoetis, which was spun-off from Pfizer, makes vaccines and medicines for livestock and household pets.

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PEDv UPDATE

The total number of pig farm samples that have tested positive for Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus now stands at 8,622 in 31 states according to a Pig Site article. Since full reporting of testing began in Nov. 2013, a total of 35,126 farm samples have been tested, of which 22 percent have tested positive for… read more

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PEDv VACCINE

– Animal health company Zoetis says it has received a conditional license from USDA for a vaccine to combat PEDv. The vaccine should be available to vets later this month. The announcement follows the conditional approval in June of another PEDv vaccine offered by Harrisvaccines Inc.

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