April 25 , 2012
Volume IX, No. 15
AVMA Response to BSE Finding in California Dairy Cow
(SCHAUMBURG, Ill.) April 24, 2012— The American Veterinary Medical Association today released the following statement in response to the detection of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) in a dairy cow from central California.
“The finding of this BSE-positive cow is not particularly surprising, and it is certainly no cause for alarm,” said Dr. Ron DeHaven, chief executive officer of the American Veterinary Medical Association. “It is not surprising because we have known for several years that there is a very low prevalence of BSE in our nation’s cattle population. USDA has maintained a good, targeted surveillance program for the disease, and it is expected that we might find such cases periodically.
“This finding is not cause for alarm because the tissues of any infected cows that pose a food safety risk, i.e., specified risk materials or SRMs, have been kept out of the human food supply since early 2004. What this finding does confirm is that the safeguards put in place by the USDA several years ago are working as they are intended.”
Dr. DeHaven is a past Administrator of APHIS and was USDA’s Chief Veterinary Officer in Dec 2003 when the initial case of BSE was found in the US.
For more information, please visit, www.avma.org.
American Regent Epinephrine Recall
Epinephrine recall: American Regent is conducting a nationwide voluntary recall of the following product: Epinephrine Injection, USP, 1:1000, 1 mL AmpulesNDC #0517-1071-25; Lot #1395, Exp Date: July 2012.
AVMA Updating Information on the DEA Enforcement of Controlled Substances Regulations
On April 18, 2012 the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) began receiving numerous calls from AVMA members with concerns regarding interpretation of DEA regulations. AVMA has been engaged in ongoing discussions with DEA on issues pertaining to the veterinary profession for several years. This is the first they had heard of the DEA interpretations of the carrying, dispensing or administration of controlled substances anywhere other than the physical location of DEA registration. AVMA is in the process of learning more and additional information can be found at http://atwork.avma.org/2012/04/19/new-interpretations-of-dea-regulations/comment-page-1/#comment-2445.
Saving Centralia Animal Disease Lab
CENTRALIA -- The state wants to close down an animal disease lab in southern Illinois, but supporters say the lab's services are too critical to shutdown.
The plan is to halt operations at the Centralia Animal Disease Lab on July 1st. It’s a move that would lay-off 15 employees. Many are highly-skilled scientists and veterinarians, with years of experience at the lab.
The facility serves much of southern and central Illinois. Lab services help prevent the spread of disease and poisons, some of which could be harmful to humans. They can also assist veterinarians and farmers in finding cures, by examining dead animals and samples.
Global Warming May Bring More Lyme Disease and Ticks
Diseases including Lyme, dengue fever, Chagas and others are on the rise in North America as weather trends promote the life cycle of insect vectors such as mosquitoes and ticks. Read more...
About the Photo
The Magnolia Warbler (Dendroica magnolia)The Magnolia Warbler was originally named the Black and Yellow Warbler by Alexander Wilson when in 1810 he shot a specimen out of a Magnolia Tree somewhere south of Nachez, MS on his way to New Orleans. (Mearns and Mearns 1992.)
This bird makes its home in the lowlands, forest edges and coastal regions of Central America and the West Indies. In the spring, it makes its way north to Florida and the Gulf Coast, then heads through the Mississippi Valley and eastern USA to the coniferous forests of Northeastern USA and much of Canada.
Magnolia Warblers are often easier to see than many warblers due to their preference for small trees and shrubs. This preference for smaller trees has helped it to avoid population losses due to habitat loss, as it can quickly adapt to second-growth forest.
Welcome the spring with the chance to see one of these beautiful birds in migration. They are starting to move through Illinois now and can be found for the next few weeks. They are non-breeders in Illinois, so you have to catch them in migration!
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