Disease Update Archive

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Rabies in Cheyenne Horse - March 2018

A Cheyenne horse has tested positive for rabies, adding to the four cases of skunk rabies found in Laramie County so far in 2018, reported by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie. Owners should be aware livestock and horses can be infected with rabies, and any animal showing abnormal behavior may be infected.


Q-fever - March 2018

Diagnosis of two separate, isolated cases of Q-fever in sheep and goats was recently confirmed at WSVL. One of the cases is in southwest Wyoming, and the other in northwest Wyoming. They are currently being addressed by WLSB and WDH veterinary staff. The cases are not epidemiologically related.

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Plague Confirmed in Johnson County Cat - January 2018

Laboratory testing at the University of Wyoming has recently confirmed a Johnson County cat was infected with plague, according to the Wyoming Department of Health (WDH). No human cases have been identified. The cat’s home is in Kaycee and the animal is known to wander outdoors. The illness was confirmed by the Wyoming State Veterinary Laboratory in Laramie.

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Elk Tests Positive for Chronic Wasting Disease in Grant Teton National Park

The Wyoming Game and Fish Department’s Wildlife Health Laboratory confirmed on December 16 that an elk in Grand Teton National Park tested positive for chronic wasting disease (CWD). The cow elk was harvested by a participant in the park’s elk reduction program and tissue samples were collected as part of the park’s mandatory testing program. This is the first elk to test positive for CWD in northwest Wyoming and in close proximity to elk feedgrounds

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Midwestern Pet Foods Voluntarily Recalls Pet Food Recall for Aflatoxin Health Risk

Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc., of Evansville, IN is issuing a voluntary recall of the listed dog and cat food products due to tests indicating levels of Aflatoxin that exceed acceptable limits. Products were distributed nationally to online distributors and retail stores. There have been reports of illnesses and deaths in dogs associated with the below listed lots of Sportmix High Energy. No cat or human illnesses have been reported.

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1174 Snowy Range Rd

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: 307-766-9925

Toll Free: 1-800-442-8331

Fax: 307-721-2051

Email: vetrec@uwyo.edu

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