Navigation Links
Pets As Disease Watchdogs

Veterinary scientists at Purdue University's School of Veterinary Medicine have established a national surveillance network to alert and avert// disease threats to humans and animals using medical records of pets.

The network was designed by Professor of Epidemiology. Larry Glickman of the School of Veterinary Medicine, in collaboration with Banfield, The Pet Hospital, a nationwide chain of veterinary hospitals to identify specific geographic areas where a particular pathogen has been identified. The probability of containing the disease is higher when the problem is identified faster.

Authors of the research paper were Glickman; George E. Moore, Nita W. Glickman and Richard J. Caldanaro of Purdue's School of Veterinary Medicine; David Aucoin of VCA Antech; and Hugh B. Lewis of Banfield, The Pet Hospital.

Researchers collected data from 80,000 companion animals treated weekly at more than 500 Banfield hospitals in 44 states. Additional data included reports from VCA Antech Diagnostics, a nationwide network of laboratories used by more than 18,000 private veterinary practices.

Medical records were transferred to Purdue, where they were stored and converted for analysis with the help of COMSYS Information Technology Services, a consulting firm located in Houston.

Some of the findings of this study include

. The number of cases of Lyme disease was clearly proportionate to the incidence of fleal and tick infestation in pets. With this information, unusual occurrences of this disease could be anticipated. Public could be alerted to disinfect affected areas for ticks. Other potential diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever l transmitted by ticks and fleas could also be kept in check.

· A marginal increase of about 3.3 percent increase in the number fo positive canine leptospirosis cases. This disease can be transmitted from dogs to humans. If diagnosed early, treated with appropriate antib iotics recovery is 100%. This information can also be used to develop vaccines against this disease.

· Flu-like symptoms in cats and humans in the Washington, D.C., area showed an uncanny correlation citing environmental causes to both. The significance of such results demonstrated the ability of the Purdue researchers to monitor diseases according to geographical area due to bird migration or bioterrorism.

According to Glickman these results demonstrate the utility of an established national surveillance network on the evidence of veterinary medicine and veterinary public health, which would eventually be a national resource. A similar surveillance system could even be used to monitor the avian influenza virus in pet birds or cats.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. Transdermal HRT not cardioprotective in postmenopausal women with Coronary Artery Disease
2. Vitamins-The answer to Heart Disease?
3. Link between Constipation and Parkinsons Disease
4. Levels Of Blood Proteins May Help Heart Disease Care
5. New Drug PP188 Helps Sickle Cell Disease
6. Gene Treatment for Heart Disease
7. Legume Consumption Can Cut Heart Disease Risk
8. Link Between Infection And Heart Disease
9. Celiac Disease in Type 1 Diabetes
10. Shunt for Alzheimers Disease
11. High iron levels may cause Cardiovascular Disease in women
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... The PAINWeekEnd Regional Conference will ... Spa in Honolulu, offering local frontline clinicians the opportunity to extend their certified ... demand for supplemental training related to pain management has surged dramatically in recent ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... 2016 , ... Sourced from the Isbre Springs beneath the 5,000 year old ... purity of just 6 ppm TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) in addition to its excellent ... in several ShopRite and FoodTown stores in NJ and received rave comments from consumers. ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... December 02, 2016 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, ... delves into how this current generation fits into Bible Prophecy. Yisrayl says this generation, ... facts pointing to this conclusion, showing how the details line up exactly with Bible ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Clarify Health Solutions, Inc., ... $6.0 million in an initial round of funding. The round was led by ... caregivers can receive far better care through the application of the best technologies ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... ... December 02, 2016 , ... Today CloudMine, ... connected applications, was named the best Sales Team of 2016 as part of ... made today by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), the principal trade ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016   CytoSorbents Corporation (NASDAQ: CTSO ... Union approved CytoSorb ® cytokine adsorber to treat ... announced that Dr. Phillip Chan , Chief Executive ... Micro Main Event investor conference held from December ... Sunset Boulevard Hotel in Los Angeles, California ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... 2016 On Thursday, the NASDAQ Composite ... Jones Industrial Average edged 0.36% higher, to finish at 19,191.93; ... were broad based as six out of nine sectors ended ... on the following Services equities: Myriad Genetics Inc. (NASDAQ: ... INC Research Holdings Inc. (NASDAQ: INCR ), and ...
(Date:12/2/2016)... Dec. 1, 2016 The concept of rare diseases ... given to this sector has been taking shape in ... the political aspects and initiatives related to orphan medicinal products ... the level of member states individually. Many member states in ... the space of orphan medicinal products, the result of which ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: