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http://wormsandgermsblog.engage.lexblog.com/files/2006/09/Picture-6.png Worms & Germs Blog is an educational website coordinated by Drs. Scott Weese and Maureen Anderson of the Ontario Veterinary College‘s Centre for Public Health and Zoonoses. The site was initial set up with the help of funding from City of Hamilton Public Health. This site focuses on infectious diseases of companion animals (household […]

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Research Posters

http://www.plupetstore.com/images/201707/CAHLN-equine-metagenomics-Tiny1.jpg 2012 International Clostridium difficile Symposium Clostridium difficile in the environment of a community hospital 2012 International Conference on Equine Infectious Diseases IX Staphylococcus delphini and methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius in horses 2011 ASM-ESCMID Conference on Methicillin-resistant staphylococci in animals Miconazole susceptibility of MRSA and MRSP Livestock associated MRSA in community hospitals in Ontario Equine hospital MRSA […]

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Salmonella outbreak linked to turtles

http://www.plupetstore.com/images/201707/Turtle1.jpg Yet another reminder of the risks associated with handling turtles (and other reptiles) comes to us from a report published earlier this year regarding an outbreak of salmonellosis in people tied to contact with turtles.  In this case, more than 100 people in 33 US states were affected. The report sparked additional public education […]

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Pets and immunocompromised people

http://www.plupetstore.com/images/201707/Greyhound1.jpg There was an interesting article in USA Today about the increasing recognition of the positive role that pets can play in patients recovering from serious disease, and how contact with pets can sometimes conflict with disease transmission concerns in these same patients. The attitude towards pet ownership among physicians is highly variable – some […]

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Exotic animals in daycares… another bad idea

http://www.plupetstore.com/images/201707/daycare41.jpg One more post about illogical and dangerous activities associated with animals and young children and I’ll hopefully get off the subject for awhile. I came across this daycare’s website today. Keep in mind (again) that the the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that children less than 5 years of age not have […]

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Salmonella Apapa from a reptile

http://www.plupetstore.com/images/201707/images21.jpg A recent case report in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology (Cooke et al. 2009) described isolation of Salmonella Apapa from the feces of a 67-year-old woman with abdominal pain. The patient had a history of various medical disorders but no clear evidence of a compromised immune system. She was hospitalized, and Salmonella Apapa was identified […]

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Deja vu all over again: Turtles and Salmonella

http://www.plupetstore.com/images/201707/030620KamrynKiss200X2031.jpg You’d think, after countless outbreak of salmonellosis associated with pet turtles, that people would learn and things would start to improve. I guess not. A paper published this week in Pediatrics (Harris et al) described a large outbreak of Salmonella Java associated with pet turtles. Between May 2007 and January 2008, 107 infections were identified. […]

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