Latest Animal health News

Georgia beachgoers help pilot whales from stranding on shore

Jul. 17, 2019 3:57 PM EDT

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — A summer afternoon at the beach quickly became a scramble to save a pod of disoriented pilot whales, as vacationers on a popular Georgia island joined lifeguards and state wildlife crews in the water to stop dozens of the large marine mammals from beaching themselves. Officials were...

EEE detected in Massachusetts for the first time this year

Jul. 17, 2019 2:35 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts public health officials say the potentially fatal eastern equine encephalitis virus has been detected in the state for the first time this year. The Department of Public Health said Wednesday that EEE was detected in mosquito samples collected Monday in Easton and New Bedford....

Scientists find new way to kill disease-carrying mosquitoes

Jul. 17, 2019 2:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they nearly eliminated disease-carrying mosquitoes on two islands in China using a new technique. The downside: It may not be practical for larger areas and may cost a lot of money. In the experiment, researchers targeted Asian tiger mosquitoes, invasive white-striped bugs...

New Mexico warns of blister-causing livestock virus

Jul. 17, 2019 12:23 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico officials are warning horse owners to take precautions to keep their animals from contracting a virus that causes blister-like sores on the mouths of infected animals. The state livestock board says vesicular stomatitis cases have been confirmed in Valencia, Sandoval,...

Colorado confirms more than 2 dozen cases of animal virus

Jul. 16, 2019 10:46 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials are asking ranchers to report sick animals after a disease that primarily affects horses and cattle has been confirmed in the state. The state Department of Agriculture has confirmed more than two dozen cases of the vesicular stomatitis virus as of last week. Department...

2 sick horses rescued from New Hampshire home

Jul. 16, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

CHICHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Two horses have been rescued from a farm in New Hampshire and are recovering from starvation. Live and Let Live Farm Director Teresa Paradis tells the Concord Monitor that the two horses were rescued Monday from a home near Hollis where they were living in "sewer-like conditions."...

Group suggests enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

Jul. 15, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington's San Juan Islands for orcas retired from theme parks. Leaders of the Whale Sanctuary Project said a cordoned-off bay or cove...

Michigan adopts deer hunting rules to halt fatal disease

Jul. 15, 2019 5:57 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — State regulators are continuing a ban on baiting and feeding deer in Michigan's Lower Peninsula in an effort to prevent spread of chronic wasting disease. The ban was among rules for this year's hunting season adopted by the Michigan Natural Resources Commission last week. The panel...

Moose dies at Lansing zoo after beginning cancer treatment

Jul. 13, 2019 9:36 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A moose has died at Lansing's Potter Park Zoo for the second time in little more than a year. Zoo director Cynthia Wagner tells the Lansing State Journal that a male Alaskan moose named Meeko died Wednesday after beginning treatment for a rare form of cancer. Meeko was rescued by...

Alachua County beekeepers struggle against mites

Jul. 13, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A recent national survey of beekeepers showed a significant loss rate of colonies, which may impact the future of commercial beekeeping. The annual survey from the Bee Informed Partnership found that 37.7% of honeybee colonies died this past winter. This is about 9% higher than the...