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KUNMING, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) — As rabies sweeps across dog populations in China’s southwest Yunnan province almost 5,000 canines have been culled in an anti-rabies campaign. With 5 human deaths in the past three months, the municipal government in Baoshan City is carrying out a campaign to stop the threat, with more than 4,900 dogs killed and 100,000 vaccinated. The human casualties, one in July and four in August, were reported in… Read More

VADODARA: A wolf believed to be suffering from rabies injured six people in a village of Shahera taluka in Panchmahal district. The canine had strayed into the village and later died due to the disease. The wolf was spotted at Narsana village early on Saturday morning at around 7am by villagers. Forest officials said the animal looked visibly irritated and started attacking persons at the village. Six people, who were in the… Read More

The Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative (CWHC), Western and Northern Region, recently had two interesting big brown bat submissions. One bat had been submitted to a rehabilitation facility in October 2013 after being found on the ground by members of the public in Saskatoon. She had bruising around her shoulder and was described as “bitey” when being handled. The second bat was found in a local church on January 10th, 2014, captured in… Read More

Authorities have found nine of the 10 puppies in a litter affected by rabies in Carson City, and at least 25 people faced potential exposure to the disease. One of the puppies tested positive for rabies, according to Carson City Health and Human Services. That agency, in cooperation with other agencies, is looking for the 10th puppy and awaits tests being conducted at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The litter… Read More

Bats are a major source of lyssaviruses. An international team of scientists, led by Dr Greg Moseley and Professor David Jans from the Monash School of Biomedical Sciences, has identified a novel vaccine strategy against lyssaviruses that cause rabies in animals and humans. Each year, over 60,000 people worldwide die from rabies following lyssavirus infections. There are 15 known species of lyssaviruses, including Australian bat lyssavirus and rabies virus, which are commonly… Read More

Looks like being friends the popular kids is risky business. Social butterflies moving from one social group to another may lead to lots of  ‘Likes’ but could help distribute diseases in your social circles. I’ve highlighted a few recent examples of the use of social network theory in improving our wildlife and human infection surveillance. FRIENDLY BADGERS Scientists at the University of Exeter, Cornwall, UK, used social network analyses to investigate contact… Read More