Global 01/27/14 nytimescom: by Sabrina Tavernise – A federal analysis of 30 antibiotics used in animal feed found that the majority of them were likely to be contributing to the growing problem of bacterial infections that are resistant to treatment in people, according to documents released Monday by a health advocacy group. The analysis, conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and covering the years 2001 to 2010, was detailed in internal records that the nonprofit group, the Natural Resources Defense Council, obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request and subsequent litigation.
In the documents, some of which were reviewed by The New York Times, scientists from the F.D.A. studied 30 penicillin and tetracycline additives in animal feed. They found that 18 of them posed a high risk of exposing humans to antibiotic-resistant bacteria through food. Resistant bacteria make it difficult and sometimes impossible to treat infections with ordinary antibiotics. The scientists did not have enough data to judge the other 12 drugs. At least two million Americans fall sick every year and about 23,000 die from antibiotic-resistant infections, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates. Representatives of the food industry largely blame hospitals and treatments given to people for the rise of deadly superbugs. But many scientists believe that indiscriminate use of antibiotics in animal feed is a major contributor. – For complete article see http://www.nytimes.com/2014/01/28/science/antibiotics-in-animals-tied-to-risk-of-human-infection.html?emc=eta1&_r=0
Arkansas 01/29/14 Fulton & Sharp counties: A domestic cat housed in the Cherokee Village area that suddenly became aggressive and bit its owner has tested positive for rabies. The owner is being treated for potential exposure to the virus and health officials are concerned about others in the vicinity who may have been exposed to the cat. – See http://www.areawidenews.com/story/2046280.html
Arkansas 01/27/14 Pulaski County: A dead bat found in the vicinity of the 3700 block of JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock has tested positive for rabies. – See http://www.arkansasmatters.com/story/rabies-virus-found-in-bat/d/story/4-qxJFJxV0e_c-3SEaS1zA
California 01/27/14 Yolo County: Officials are trying to identify a dog that allegedly bit a woman on the ear as she tried to rescue it from traffic in West Sacramento on January 26th. The incident occurred on the I-80 on-ramp at Jefferson Boulevard. The dog is described as a large pit bull with a stocky build, brown in color, with white markings. Identifying the dog to verify a current rabies vaccination could spare the victim post-exposure rabies treatment. Anyone with information regarding the incident is asked to call the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department’s animal services section at (530) 668-5287. – See http://www.sacbee.com/2014/01/27/6106216/yolo-officials-seek-dog-that-bit.html
North Carolina 01/28/14 Rowan County: A stray cat abandoned in a China Grove neighborhood and adopted by a local resident has tested positive for rabies. A member of the family attacked by the cat is now being treated for potential exposure to the virus. – See http://www.whiteville.com/news/county-s-first-rabies-case-reported/article_c7f320a4-876d-11e3-b551-0019bb2963f4.html
Nunavut Territory 01/28/14 Cambridge Bay: At least two dogs in the Kitikmeot community have tested positive for rabies within the last week. It is thought the dogs were in contact with rabid foxes. – See http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674cases_of_rabies_confirmed_in_kitikmeot_community/