Australia's cat plague is back after 40 years – and the solution is vaccination
Herd immunity is essential. If parvovirus vaccination rates fall below 70%, cats are in troubleA deadly feline disease is now spreading between cats after hiding for nearly 40 years. Multiple cases of feline parvovirus, also known as cat plague, or panleukopenia, have been reported in stray kittens inthe greater Melbourne area this week.Feline parvovirus was a common disease in the 1960s and 1970s. Australia was one of the first countries to develop an effective vaccine. Once widespread vaccination became routine, the disease was pushed back into nature.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 7, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Mark Westman and Richard Malik for The Conversation Tags: Veterinary medicine Cats Animals Pets Australia news New South Wales Veterinary science Medical research Source Type: news
Polyarthritis Caused by Meningococcal, Parvovirus Infections Polyarthritis Caused by Meningococcal, Parvovirus Infections
The authors present a case of primary meningococcal arthritis, a rare manifestation of meningococcal disease, often misdiagnosed. What was its unusual association with parvovirus B19 in this patient?Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - February 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Internal Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news
What is in the Differential Diagnosis of Fatigue?
Discussion Fatigue is a subjective feeling of decreased energy, tiredness or feeling of exhaustion. Lethargy is often used synonymously, but lethargy is a state of being drowsiness or sleepy, and implies mental status changes. Both can cause the person to be apathetic or less active. Fatigue is a common state that almost everyone experiences multiple times in his or her lifetime. For most people it is a relatively acute or short-term chronic problem, often with a relatively easily identifiable problem cause, such as inadequate sleep, acute illness, or overexertion. For some, it can be less readily identifiable such as dep...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Surface mutation lets canine parvovirus jump to other species
A key mutation in the protein shell of canine parvovirus -- a single amino acid substitution -- plays a major role in the virus' ability to infect hosts of different species. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - April 14, 2016 Category: Science Source Type: news
Surface mutation lets canine parvovirus jump to other species
(Cornell University) A key mutation in the protein shell of canine parvovirus -- a single amino acid substitution -- plays a major role in the virus' ability to infect hosts of different species. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - April 14, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Vaccinate Puppies Against Parvovirus Before They Meet Other Dogs
Highly contagious virus can cause serious illness, even death, expert warns Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Page: Pet Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - June 18, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Deadly to cancer cells only
(German Cancer Research Center (Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, DKFZ)) Parvoviruses can destroy cancer cells and are currently being tested in a preliminary clinical trial to treat malignant brain cancer. For their replication, the viruses need a particular enzyme in the cell. Scientists from the German Cancer Research Center have now discovered that in healthy human cells, parvoviruses are unable to activate this enzyme. In many cases of malignant brain cancer, however, the enzyme is permanently active. As a result, this enables the viruses to replicate and to destroy the cancer cells. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - March 11, 2015 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news
Joint pain: Rheumatoid arthritis or parvovirus?
(Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist)
Source: MayoClinic.com - Ask a Specialist - December 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
How viruses expand their host range: Insights from parvoviruses in domestic and wild carnivores
(PLOS) Virus multiplication continually generates new variants at a rate that is much faster than their hosts. One consequence of their higher mutation rate is that many viruses can rapidly adapt to new hosts. A study published on November 6th in PLOS Pathogens reports on the systematic analysis of the host range of canine parvovirus (CPV) and reveals different factors that determine which carnivores the virus can infect. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 6, 2014 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
What is Gianotti-Crosti Syndrome?
Discussion Infectious exanthams are usually considered when rashes are bilateral, symmetric and relatively widespread. They usually involve the trunk too and have associated systemic symptoms. Gianotti-Crosti syndrome (GCS) or acropapular dermatitis of childhood is often misdiagnosed because it doesn’t follow these rules. A discussion of common viral exanthams can be reviewed here and a differential diagnosis of rashes by pattern and distributions can be reviewed here. Dr. Ferdinando Gianotti came from a poor family, underwent several personal tragedies, but entered medicine and created the first department of pedia...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - September 8, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
‘Infant Cocooning’ Becoming More Popular Among New Parents
BOSTON (CBS) – Angela Keizer and Brian Miller are counting the days until the birth of their baby girl. “This Baby is very unexpected and very special,” Angela said. They didn’t think they would be able to have a baby and so they are taking no chances when she arrives. “We are going to request that family members vaccinate before they see her,” Brian said. They want to make sure everyone is up-to-date with their pertussis, diphtheria and influenza vaccines before they meet the baby. It’s called infant cocooning and it is supported by the American Academy of Pediatrics. According to Dr. Dennis Murray, ...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 26, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen American Academy Of Pediatrics diphtheria Dr. Mallika Marshall infant cocooning influenza vaccines pertussis Source Type: news
Local Researchers Find Ritalin Can Reverse Effects Of General Anesthesia
BOSTON (CBS) – General anesthesia is a wonderful thing, but it comes with risks, including lasting effects on the aging brain. As our population ages, and more and more seniors will be undergoing surgery, those brain effects could become a public health problem. Now researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston are trying to find a way to reverse the effects of general anesthesia faster, and they seem to be on to something. “We’re trying to develop better way to wake people up from anesthesia,” says Dr. Ken Solt, an anesthesiologist and researcher at Mass. General Hospital. He says for old...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 21, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: deanreddington Tags: Health Local News Seen On WBZ-TV Syndicated Local Watch Listen Dr. Ken Solt Dr. Mallika Marshall General anesthesia Massachusetts General Hospital Ritalin Source Type: news
Highly Contagious Parvovirus Kills 15 Dogs In Lowell
LOWELL (CBS) — A highly contagious viral disease has killed at least 15 dogs in Lowell. Lowell Animal Control Officer Darlene Wood told WBZ NewsRadio 1030 there have been 15 confirmed cases of the canine parvovirus in the past two weeks. In each case the dog has died. “We’re asking dog owners to check and see if their dogs have updated vaccinations or have been vaccinated for the parvovirus, and if they have not, to certainly go to a veterinarian and get that done,” Wood said Tuesday. She told WBZ there have also been cases of the virus in the Berkshires, Worcester County and on the North Shore. “It’s transmitt...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - August 19, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: miketoole Tags: Health Heard On WBZ NewsRadio 1030 Local Syndicated Local Watch Listen Canine Parvovirus CBS Boston Dogs Killed Lowell Source Type: news
What Causes Ataxia?
Discussion Coordination and balance problems are caused by various problems affecting the central and peripheral nervous system. Normal development of a child or weakness of a child are commonly mistaken for true ataxia. Ataxia specifically refers to “…impairment of the coordination of movement without loss of muscle strength.” If it is purely due to abnormalities of the cerebellum then there should be no changes in mental status, sensation or weakness. Sometimes it is difficult to determine if there are abnormalities in other areas. For example, Guillian-Barre often presents with difficulty or clumsy wal...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - March 31, 2014 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news