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16,000 pigs dead, due to flooding in Guangxi, China

17.06.15 Pig Deaths in China
Guangxi farms were flooded, more than 16,000 dead pigs foaming water. Flood a vast ocean, sent off a terrible odor on the number of dead pigs floating in the water. Shocking picture could not bear to look directly at, now that the hot weather, if the bodies of dead pigs do not speed up the processing might cause pollution to the local water resources, even an outbreak of disease.
 
It is imperative to prevent foot and mouth disease, the highly pathogenic avian influenza, highly pathogenic blue-ear pig disease, Streptococcus suis, a variety of animal disease incidence and prevalence. Harmless treatment of pigs of death is “plays”.
 
It is learnt that the Guangxi “6.14” flood, a new round of heavy rain floods cause the dahua Yao autonomous county of Guangxi six rural farms were flooded, 16,000 pigs drowned.
 
Currently, emergency measures are being taken on the ground, looking for deep, dead pigs as soon as possible for treatment, but treatment is difficult.
 
Dahua Yao autonomous county of Guangxi this more serious round of heavy rainfall in the affected counties, Liu Xiang is dahua hardest-hit towns, local 20 390 mm of rainfall within an hour, this was the most rain since dahua County.
Courtesy of finance.gucheng.com

Nasty contagious disease targets parents and their children in Central Texas, USA

Virus Alert

Central Texas parents and their children are battling a nasty, contagious disease that doctors haven’t seen in years. The virus is called hand, foot and mouth disease. It usually affects very young children but adults can get it too. Multiple North Austin and Williamson County parents say they’ve come down with it lately. “It burns, hurts, it itched … everything. It was absolutely miserable,” recalls Steve Acord, a KEYE TV employee who caught the virus from his 11-month-old daughter. Acord is still recovering, but he’s no longer contagious. When his daughter came down with the virus, he noticed it didn’t really bring her down at all. “She was still walking around saying, ‘happy,’ all of the time,” Acord explains. Acord was anything but happy when the illness hit him. More than a week later, he still has the remnants of blisters on his hands. Acord says he had a fever, hundreds of blisters on his head, face, hands and feet as well as sores in his mouth. “You wake up and there’d be more on your hands. Then you wake up the next day and it’d be on your head and inside your ears like it was for me,” he recalls. Dr. Richard Kelley at Austin Emergency Center hadn’t seen a case of the disease in years. However, recently, he’s treated multiple adults who got it from their kids. “Kids tend to put things in their mouths — they have a little less discretion — and are basically transferring saliva from each other,” Dr. Kelley explains. He says the illness starts when feces makes it to the mouth. Once someone has it, it’s very contagious. In order to avoid hand, foot and mouth Disease, hand washing is key. “Especially after going to the restroom, obviously. Make sure [kids] are washing their hands,” Dr. Kelley suggests. “I’ve never felt such pain, honestly,” adds Acord. If you come down with the disease it can last 7-10 days. There’s really not much you can do to treat it other than take some medication for the pain and make sure you stay hydrated. Dr. Kelley says hand, foot and mouth Disease doesn’t typically lead to any permanent or serious health problems.

Horrific horse virus spreading like crazy across Central Texas, USA

Horse Virus Alert

A strange disease that leaves horses with raw tongues, oral blisters, skin lesions and other horrific symptoms is spreading throughout Central Texas and Colorado, according to new reports. The spread of vesicular stomatitis (VS), a highly-contagious disease that usually requires quarantines in order to be mitigated, has resulted in the cancellation of several horse shows, as well as major economic losses for some ranchers.
 
An announcement issued by the Texas Animal Health Commission on July 25 explains that outbreaks of VS have occurred in at least 21 different locations in eight Texas counties, including in Austin’s Travis County. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) added around the same time that at least 27 equines were affected, including 22 in Texas and five in Colorado.
 
Similar to foot and mouth disease, VS typically shows clinical signs that include major swelling; shedding of skin on the muzzle, tongue, teats and above the hooves; and severely painful oral blisters and sores. In severe cases, otherwise healthy animals will simply stop eating, sometimes for days at a time, requiring their owners to put them under quarantine for at least three weeks while they recover so as not to infect other animals.
 
“It transmits so easily,” stated Si Jarboe, a horse trainer from Central Texas, to KEYE-TV News, noting that she initially thought little of the disease. “The flies [from] what I understand are the transmitter.”
 

Vesicular stomatitis leaves animals ‘miserable,’ say experts

Though the risk of death from VS is relatively small, horses that contract it can take weeks to recover, leaving them miserable in the meantime. And if they aren’t eating during this time, then they’re losing weight and becoming weaker, which can be problematic for show horses that require strength and vigor to win competitions.
 
“I was planning on taking three horses and hopefully kickin’ some butt and it’s not going to happen now,” added Jarboe about taking her veterinarian’s advice not to bring her horses to a recently scheduled play day.
 
With dozens of horses across the Lone Star State now having confirmed cases of VS, the risk of their spreading infection is simply too high in some areas. Rusty Edwards, a ranch owner near Bastrop, for instance, has shuttered his facility entirely until the current outbreak shows signs of retreat.
 
“We have 45 head here and I’m responsible for every horse on this place,” stated Edwards to KEYE-TV. “And I don’t want any of them sick, so we shut the place down.”
 

Much more deadly disease spreading in Minnesota horses

Meanwhile, reports of an outbreak of equine herpesvirus-1, or EHV-1, have emerged in Minnesota, where at least three equines have already had to be euthanized. At least four other horses, according to the Star Tribune, are being tested after showing signs of the virus, which can cause severe neurological damage, leaving horses unable to get up and walk.
 
“This is a common virus that’s in the horse population normally,” admitted Dr. Paul Anderson from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. “What is a little unusual is this number of horses with central nervous system signs… such as problems with coordination and trouble urinating. Occasionally it gets bad enough where there is death.”