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Sens. Blunt, McCaskill praise passage of biosecurity resolution

(Bio Prep Watch) U.S. Senators Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) praised the passage on Thursday of a resolution that highlighted the importance of biosecurity and agro-defense to U.S. national and economic security. The resolution stated that the U.S. must not forget the safety, security and health of its livestock and agriculture commodities. It  Read More »

Possible epidemic: Cattle at risk as foot-and-mouth disease on the rise

(The Express Tribune) Tribesmen in the agency said the disease has spread in Mishti, Firozkhel, Utmankhel, Sheikhan and Anjghali in the last couple of weeks while they have no arrangements to treat it. Malik Shah Muhammad, a resident of Firozkhel, said their cattle starts spitting out saliva mixed with blood from their mouth and die  Read More »

Biosecurity vital in combating swine virus in N.D.

(Farm and Ranch) Implementing strict biosecurity procedures is as important as ever, now that North Dakota has its first case of the porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDv), North Dakota State University Extension Service swine specialist David Newman says. The PEDv has killed more than 4 million U.S. pigs since it was discovered in the country  Read More »

Bad News for Bumblebees: Disease Spreading From Honeybees

(National Geographic) A study published online this week in Nature clearly revealed that two pathogens that infect honeybees have crossed over into populations of wild bumblebees. “We’ve known there was spillover, but this study is the most thorough survey to date” showing the diseases are making their way into other species, says Dennis vanEngelsdorp, an  Read More »

Saudi Arabian Camels Carry MERS Coronavirus

(Global Biodefense) An estimated three-quarters of camels recently surveyed in Saudi Arabia have evidence of infection with the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV), the virus responsible for human cases of MERS. Results of the new study establish for the first time that direct camel-to-human transmission is possible and provide a pathway to control the  Read More »