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Three Oregon Tularemia Cases in Humans

Three human cases of tularemia in Oregon have been associated with bites and scratches with cats and squirrels.

Feline Distemper Case Reported at Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter

On October 5, the Bonnie L. Hays Small Animal Shelter in Hillsboro confirmed a case of Feline Panleukopenia (Feline Distemper). A kitten that was adopted at the shelter died, and then tested positive for the disease.

Helping the Animals of Haiti

Here are some ways to help provide assistance to the animals of Haiti.

OVMA Committee Creating Veterinary Hospice Guidelines

An OVMA ad hoc committee on veterinary hospice care, chaired by Dr. Bob Franklin, developed guidelines and presented its recommendations to the board at its June meeting. The BOD approved the guidelines.

Leptospirosis Found in Sea Lions on Oregon Coast: Humans and Pet Owners Exercise Caution

Some of the dead or dying sea lions being found on the Oregon Coast are infected with the bacteria that causes leptospirosis infection. Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease that is transmissible to pets and people. People should stay at least 50 feet away from a beached sea mammal and keep their dogs on a leash to avoid contact with sea lions.

FDA Approves First Drug to Treat Cancer in Dogs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the approval of Palladia (toceranib phosphate), the first drug developed specifically for the treatment of cancer in dogs.

Proposed Rule Changes to OARs on Reporting Communicable Diseases

With the new year come a few proposed changes in Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) regarding reporting and investigation of communicable diseases in Oregon.

Public Health Veterinarian Seeks Responses to Survey on CIRD/ITB

In the last 6 months, a number of veterinary offices have contacted the State Public Health Veterinarian with concerns about the rising number of cases clinically diagnosed with Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) or Infectious Tracheobronchitis (ITB).  Please complete this survey to assist with data collection on these illnesses.

Change in Brucellosis Vaccination Protocol for Mature Cattle

The procedures for brucellosis vaccination of mature cattle (over 12 months old) have changed.

Oregon Cat Tests Positive for Bubonic Plague and is Recovering

A cat in Prineville, Oregon has tested positive for plague. The cat  is recovering. Oregon Public Health Division, Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed that that the cat tested positive for plague. Plague cases are rare in Oregon; flea treatment for household pets can help prevent plague.