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Summer 2001 Newsletter

Pancreatic Eurytremiasis
Procedure for Salmonid Fishes
Porto Systemic Shunts
Foot and Mouth Disease
Serology Samples
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H. Leon Thacker, DVM, PhD


Animal diseases continue to be highly visible news items in the world news media.  The sites of continuing Foot and Mouth Disease outbreaks around the world is very newsworthy and ongoing; I am hopeful that the recognition of the potential ease of spread of this high impact economic disease by the general public of this country will cause each and every citizen to practice those biosecurity measures necessary to keep it out of our livestock and other susceptible animal populations.  In addition to the potential direct loss to producers that could be affected by an outbreak of FMD or other foreign animal disease in this country, the indirect loss would come from reduced consumption of animal products by consumers would also be significant.


From the standpoint of establishing a definitive diagnosis of a foreign animal disease on an Indiana farm, I would re-emphasize the request that we make a visit to a farm or other premises to inspect a potential FMD case rather than transporting the suspect animal to one of our laboratories so that confinement of spread can be maintained as thoroughly as possible.  One of the major contributing factors in the spread of FMD in the recent outbreak in England was the movement of animals during the outbreak.  ADDL diagnosticians or other state and/or federal veterinarians will travel to a premises on very short notice to investigate any suspected case of a foreign animal disease.  We remain most hopeful that we continue to have our animal populations free of such diseases as FMD and BSE but, if such diseases enter our country, the sooner we know of it and take the necessary actions to control and eradicate them, the lower will be the economic, physical, emotional and animal suffering consequences.


Regarding some of the interesting cases we have recently in the ADDL, for some unknown reason we have had quite a number of recent lead poisoning cases in cattle, the source of which remains undetermined.  We have also had a number of aborted foals presented, although nothing like the hundreds or thousands seen and reported around Lexington; so far we have not detected elevated levels of cyanide or other toxins in the tissues of the aborted foals examined from Indiana.


We’re well into the rush of testing of exhibition animals for fairs and shows.  We hope that we can accommodate  your requests and we ask for your patience in those instances when transportation, communication or other glitches get in the way of quick turnaround of test results.  We will do everything we can from this end to get results to you as soon as possible.


Hope you all have a great summer; stop in to see us if you are in our vicinity.     


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Fax: 765-494-9181

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