Weekly Update

May 23, 2019
The Summer Public Health Institute is held annually by the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. This unique program brings together over 40 experts in public health to teach a wide variety of intensive one-week courses on applied public health topics, from Fundamentals of Data Visualization in R (a statistical program) to Principles of Risk Communication.
May 14, 2019
The Iowa state veterinarian confirmed the discovery of multiple cases of canine brucellosis at a dog breeding facility in Marion County, Iowa, last week. The animals and the facilities are currently under quarantine.
May 9, 2019
Australia has had a long history of invasive species problems. Over the past 250 years, foreign species have been introduced to Australia, causing ecological devastation. The movement of animals from one country to another is not a novel idea. This tradition has been documented in Roman times when Romans would frequently bring back animals from distant regions back to Rome.
May 7, 2019
The University of Minnesota and Dave Wright, DVM, produced a series of short videos to assist veterinarians and producers to identify and prepare for the possible introduction of Foreign Animal Disease (FAD). The goal of the videos are to supplement material provided by the Secure Pork Supply (SPS) website.
May 2, 2019
This week I participated in the 68th annual Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) conference in Atlanta, Georgia. While sitting in a large conference hall listening to the many EIS officers discuss fascinating epidemiology case investigations, I decided to share what I learned about the EIS program so far.
May 1, 2019
The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) shot and killed a bear on April 25th that was found in a residential area of North St. Paul. Conservation officers decided to shoot and kill the bear as they determined the animal posed an immediate safety threat. The bear was a male, estimated at two years old and weighed about 110-120 pounds.
April 23, 2019
Last week, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) announced that a Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) positive deer farm in Crow Wing County was depopulated in the continued effort to manage potential spread to the area’s wild deer. This was the last CWD-positive farm in Minnesota that still had live animals, and as of last week, it is no longer in operation.
Tags: Equine
April 19, 2019
Earlier this month, California’s Santa Anita Park held its highly publicized Santa Anita Derby, the west coast’s important prep race on the road to the Kentucky Derby. But, 30,000 thoroughbred racing enthusiasts didn’t just turn out to catch a fleeting glimpse of the $1 million purse winner. They joined media outlets, race stewards, veterinarians, jockeys, and trainers in anxious anticipation of a safe and uneventful race.
April 16, 2019
On Friday, Indianapolis-based Caito Foods, LLC, issued a voluntary recall of fresh cut melon products in response to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) ongoing investigation of Salmonella Carrau infections. Ninety-three cases have been identified in nine states, including three cases in Minnesota after people ate pre-cut cantaloupe from the same Trader Joe’s store. Twenty-three people have been hospitalized and no deaths have been reported.
Tags: Policy
April 11, 2019
On October 8, 2017, a fire broke out in the small town of Calistoga, California at 9:45 p.m. The fire quickly expanded into a blaze that ravaged westward, driven by a wind reported at over 60 miles per hour by 4:00 a.m.