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November 21 2013

Might Understanding SARS Help Researchers to Better Understand FIP in Cats?

A decade after the SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) pandemic, scientists have found the strongest evidence to date it originated in Chinese horseshoe bats.The 2002-2003 SARS pandemic was one of the most significant public health events in recent history. This is significant to cats because SARS is a product of a coronavirus. Feline Infectious Peritonitis…

November 5 2013

New Influenza Virus Discovered

Don’t let a Peruvian bat sneeze on you. But if you do, likely you won’t be infected. A brand new influenza virus has been found in Peruvian bats, according to a new study from researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The virus, called A/bat/Peru/10, belongs to a  of flu viruses which mainly infect birds, but can…

October 30 2013

Nature's Bloodsuckers, How Spooky: Happy Halloween

As a follow up to an earlier post on vampire bats, here are more blood suckers. Eating blood is somewhat efficient, and less a threat to themselves than preying on other animals. But nature’s strategy can backfire….for example if the tick bites and delivers a series disease. Still, it seems, overall, the bloodsuckers are winning.…

October 30 2013

Vampire Bats: The Biting Truth

Vampire bats do want to suck your blood, especially if you happen to be a cow or a pig. There are many misconceptions when it comes to these bats. It is true that vampire bats can transmit rabies – hence where all the terror comes from. Still, they don’t seem to prefer people, cows and…

October 16 2013

Halloween Safety for Pets

Don’t be surprised if you’re greeted by a werewolf barking at your front door on Halloween. According to Alice Lerman, of Chicago’s Barker and Meowsky: A Paw Firm, the Twilight movie series has influenced popular Halloween costumes for dogs. She adds, “Owls are also popular, and bat wings are a perennial favorite; they’re easy, even…

September 13 2011

Rabid Bat Scare in Chicago

Five rabid bats have been found within Chicago city limits over the last month. The city is calling it an outbreak – that terminology may be extreme.  Still, the five positive rabid bats were found at various locations, not in one neighborhood, which suggests there may likely have been more never discovered. And, after all,…

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