October 19, 2010


Deadly pneumonia traced to domestic sheep

New research claims to settle the controversial and long-running debate over whether domestic sheep can infect bighorn sheep with the bacteria that cause fatal respiratory pneumonia.

A research team led by Dr. Sri Srikumaran at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine tagged Mannheimia haemolytica isolated from domestic sheep to show that domestic sheep could transmit the deadly bacteria to bighorn sheep when they were in contact with each other.

The four bighorn sheep in the study all died from pneumonia traced back to bacteria originating in the domestic sheep.

JAVMA News - www.avma.org/onlnews/javma
18 Oct 2010
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EU earmarks €250 million to combat animal diseases and better protect both human and animal health

Aiming to further strengthen the protection of human and animal health, the European Union earmarked today more than €250 million to support programmes to eradicate, control and monitor animal diseases in 2011.

Member States endorsed the financial package proposed by the European Commission during today's meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCoFCAH).

The 138 annual or multi-annual programmes, which have been selected for EU funding, will tackle animal diseases that impact both human and animal health.

Europa - europa.eu
12 Oct 2010

Mountain Goat Kills Hiker in Rare Attack

A hiker has died after reportedly being fatally attacked by a mountain goat while at a national park in the western state of Washington, U.S. park officials said on Sunday.

Barb Maynes, spokeswoman for Olympic National Park, told AFP that the victim Robert Boardman, 63, was hiking Saturday with his wife and a friend when he "apparently sustained fatal injuries after the encounter" with the ram.

She said details remain sketchy and an investigation is underway.

Discovery News - news.discovery.com (Source: AFP)
18 Oct 2010
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Location: Olympic National Park, Clallum County, Washington, USA - Map It

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