Drover's News

Rabies Detection Potentially Saves Lives

By Elaine Lidholm, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

It was typical day at the Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Veterinarian John Moody necropsied two calves from the same farm. The farm reported that three of four calves in a pen, all different ages, had died on the same day. Two of the calves were submitted to the laboratory for a necropsy, an animal autopsy, in hopes of determining the cause of death.

After the initial necropsy, the diagnosis seemed clear: the calves had died of pneumonia. Dr. Moody was not satisfied, however, and asked himself why three calves died and one survived. In addition, the three calves displayed some symptoms not always seen in straightforward pneumonia cases. To be thorough, he continued with a full workup and examination of all tissues.

When VDACS Veterinary Pathologist Dr. Lisa Crofton later examined the thin sections of brain as part of that workup, she identified the characteristic inclusions known as Negri bodies in the neurons, which only appear in cases of rabies virus infection.

Knowing that rabies is communicable to humans through saliva, and that the disease is 100 percent fatal but preventable through vaccination, Dr. Moody contacted the local office of the Virginia Department of Health. Health officials interviewed family members and others who might have come in contact with saliva from the calves and immediately provided shots to 15 people.

Later, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed rabies in the preserved brain tissue from the calves. In the meantime, the people involved already had received the rabies vaccination due to the quick intervention.

“Thankfully, Dr. Moody and others in Lynchburg didn’t stop when they had a diagnosis of pneumonia,” said Dr. Charles Broaddus, State Veterinarian. “They went that extra step, and as a result, 15 people are alive today who potentially could have contracted rabies, a 100 percent fatal disease.”

In January of this year, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) - Animal Health Division contacted GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) to inform the company that because of the migration of the GVL certificat

By Elaine Lidholm, Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer ServicesIt was typical day at the Lynchburg Regional Animal Health Laboratory of the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside the United States and Canada, today announced the expansion of its portfolio of cattle implants with the introduction of REVALOR®-XH (trenbolon

The takeaway from the upcoming 2018 NIAA Annual Conference is that stakeholders across the animal agriculture and food industry understand the benefits of Livestock Traceability, and "see the need for

By Blair Fannin, Texas A&M UniversityTexas A&M AgriLife and Colorado State University researchers are teaming to evaluate production practice risks to beef trade, develop educational materials and pro

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D. announced at the White House this week a formal agreement aimed at making the oversight of food more efficient and eff

Merck Animal Health, known as MSD Animal Health outside of the United States and Canada, this week introduced Banamine® Transdermal (flunixin transdermal solution) – the first and only U.S. Food &

JBS USA plans to sell Five Rivers Cattle Feeding to Pinnacle Asset Management, L.P., for approximately $200 million. Pinnacle Asset, an investment firm specializing in commodities and natural resourc

As the organization enters its 97th year of serving livestock producers, the National Livestock Producers Association (NLPA), the national association of livestock marketing cooperatives and their cap

Huvepharma this week announced its acquisition of AgriLabs in a move that will expand the U.S. presence of the global animal health and nutrition company and speed commercialization of their biologic

We’ve made progress in our ability to trace U.S. livestock for disease-control purposes, but the system needs to continue improving to become fully effective. That message resonated during the "Stra

Coyotes lead the pack among predators implicated in cattle death loss, but overall predation remains a small percentage of total death loss. A new report from the USDA’s National Animal Health Monit

The new rules would phase out use of metal ID tags and require official RFID tags for some cattle.The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) filed a notice of intent this week to update rul

When U.S. Navy Seals entered the hiding place for Osama Bin Laden they found a list of 16 deadly agricultural pathogens that Al Qaeda intended to use as bioweapons, said former Sen. Joe Lieberman duri

For decades scientists have sought to measure animal methane emissions to determine the impact food animals have on our environment. Such studies often provided unfavorable results for animal agricult

More than 500 people from across the food supply chain will convene Nov. 15-16 in Kansas City for ongoing conversations about achieving and scaling sustainable production practices.Now in its third ye

By Kenny Graner, President, U.S. Cattlemen’s Association   Dear Secretary Perdue: On behalf of the United States Cattlemen’s Association (USCA) and its nationwide membership of cow-calf producer

No disrespect to cows, but they produce a lot of gas.And while farmers may be unfazed by the smell, the gas is methane, one of the most potent greenhouse gases.Across the globe, livestock spew 14.5 pe

In a pair of totally unrelated news releases this morning (October 24), Cargill announced its acquisition of Diamond V and Eli Lilly and Company announced it would entertain purchase offers for its El

A producer panel included insights from (left to right) Dan Hayden, a cow-calf and poultry producer from Kentucky, Tim Oleksyn, a rancher and farmer from northern Saskatchewan, Erika Murphy, a seedsto