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Cracking the code: A look at bird flu strains

H5N1, H7N3, H7N9, H5N2, H7N8.

What do these mysterious series of letters and numbers mean, and why should we pay attention to them?

Some of these numbers might ring a bell if you pay close attention to the news. All of the above are strains of avian influenza, otherwise known as bird flu. H5N1 is […]

What you need to know this week

After a long holiday weekend in the United States celebrating the Fourth of July, we’ve come back on a Monday and there is plenty to talk about in the food and animal safety industries. Don’t have time to scour the internet for the best news stories? Don’t worry: we have you covered.

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Aphid control can stem spread of potato viruses

It’s a matter of strategy for farmers, according to the Manitoba Co-Operator. While the pathogenic virus potato virus Y (PVY) isn’t new to the agricultural industry, the fact that the virus is changing is.

New strains have begun to emerge, once again bringing the management of possible spread of disease to the forefront for researchers […]

Ebola outbreak claims lives of many in Guinea

This story has been updated as the outbreak has grown. For updates on this story, please read below.

First identified in 1976, the often-deadly pathogen known as Ebola is causing devastation yet again, this time in Guinea, Africa.

The last recorded numbers show that more than 120 have died from the outbreak, which is believed […]

Start the week off right with the Monday links

Don’t have time to scour the internet for the latest food safety, animal safety, life sciences and agriculture news? Relax, we’ve got it covered.

Food safety

OMB reports asks Congress to avoid sequestration – Food Safety News

With potentially massive budget cuts looming across the board, including food regulatory agencies, the White House Office of […]

Reports: Officials watching for H3N2v mutations

With more than 160 confirmed cases of H3N2v nationwide, health officials are watching to see if the virus mutates to be transmissible from person-to-person, according to news reports.

So far, the H3N2v virus, commonly known as swine flu, only has been transmitted between sick pigs and humans, with most of the infected being people that […]

Monday links: Getting up to speed for a new week

Check out Neogen ANSR’s website here and a video about ANSR here.

For a round up of mad cow news and previous blog posts, click here.

Colorado changes its cantaloupe growing practices

Colorado cantaloupe farmers are taking proactive steps to prevent outbreaks, such as the Listeria outbreak last year.

Interview with a heartworm specialist

Dr. […]