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Certification Program to Expand Response Capability for Vector-Borne Disease Outbreaks

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Certification Program to Expand Response Capability for Vector-Borne Disease Outbreaks

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Entomological Society of America will train and certify insect scientists to stand ready for CDC Emergency Response Teams Soon, the public health community will be better equipped to respond to outbreaks of diseases spread by mosquitoes and other arthropod vectors, thanks to a contract awarded to the Entomological Society of America Certification Corporation by the […]


Thursday, April 20th, 2017

    Colleagues, Many of you were likely present at the International Congress of Entomology to hear Anca Paslaru (of the Institute of Parasitology, National Center for Vector Entomology, Switzerland) present her recent research using MALDI-TOF Mass Spectrometry (MS) to identify Culicoides to species.  You may remember from Anca’s presentation that this method worked well […]

Florida New World Screwworm Incident Webinar, February 21, 2017 at 11 am EST

Friday, February 17th, 2017

Dr. Joanna Davis will be providing an overview of the new world screwworm response in Florida.  It will include background information on the fly, history of infestations in the United States, transmission, clinical signs, diagnosis and treatment recommendations, prevention and control measures (including the Sterile Insect Technique).  Dr. Davis will also discuss how APHIS, the […]

Averting Risks to the Food Chain – Ag Abroad

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Food availability and food hygiene are compromised every day by diseases and pests that plague plants and animals as well as various types of contaminants. This happens on farms, in factories, at home, in fresh or sea water, in the open air and in the midst of dense forests. Whether in the form of pathogen, […]

Webinar: Manure and Veterinary Pathogens of Concern

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

This webinar will provide an overview of bacteria, viruses, and parasites found in manure and other land-applied wastes as well as pathogens of veterinary concern. What are these pathogens? How do they affect you? What are their typical levels in manure and wastes? The presenters will also discuss veterinary concerns, and overall prevalence in the […]

Scientists Suggest Re-Thinking Which Flea-Borne Bacterium Causes Fevers in Humans

Monday, November 14th, 2016

In Southern California over the past five years, there have been nearly 500 cases of flea-borne rickettsioses, more commonly known as flea-borne typhus. Rickettsia felis has become the presumed bacterium causing the fevers, but scientists from the California Department of Public Health think the presumption might be unfounded. Instead, in an article recently published in […]

USDA Awards $4.3 Million to Ensure Access to Needed Veterinary Services in Rural Communities

Friday, November 4th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today awarded more than $4.3 million to 48 American veterinarians to help repay a portion of their veterinary school loans in return for serving in areas lacking sufficient veterinary resources critical to America’s food safety, food security, and to the health and […]

Bed Bugs can be problematic in free-range chicken farms

Thursday, September 1st, 2016

In this episode of Bed Bug TV, Jeff (of Bed Bug Central) visits a bed bug infested chicken farm and explains the situation and possible solutions moving forward. Watch video here:  bed bugs in poultry facility  

Video of how a mosquito feeds – PBS Deep Look

Friday, June 10th, 2016

The PBS program “Deep Look” presents a great video describing how a mosquito feeds.  Imaging was taken at University of California, Davis. See video here:  Deep Look – mosquito  

USDA to fund rural veterinary education and training

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) today announced $2.4 million in available funding to relieve veterinarian shortage situations through education, extension and training as well as support for veterinary practices in designated shortage areas. This funding is was authorized by the Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) in the […]

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