Latest Animal health News

Official: Cyanobacteria kills dog at Zion National Park

Jul. 14, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Toxic levels of a cyanobacteria have been detected in a Utah river for the first time after a dog suffered seizures and died at Zion National Park, officials said. Public health officials have since cautioned people against swimming or letting their animals enter the Virgin River's...

Dead bats test positive for rabies in Stephenson County

Jul. 13, 2020 7:00 PM EDT

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) — Two bats have tested positive for rabies in Stephenson County, northwest of Chicago. One bat was found dead about two weeks ago southeast of Freeport, the (Freeport) Journal-Standard reported. The other was found dead last week in a barn in Cedarville. Stephenson County Animal Control...

Nevada lab: 7 rabies cases in bats from Vegas, Reno areas

Jul. 13, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The Nevada Department of Agriculture says testing found rabies in seven bats from the Las Vegas and Reno areas. The department’s Animal Disease Laboratory says it typically confirms as many as 20 cases of bat rabies a year, and bat activity tends to peak throughout the state...

Vermont agriculture agency warns of rabbit disease

Jul. 12, 2020 3:36 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Agriculture is warning rabbit owners about an exotic disease that affects both wild and domestic rabbits and is spreading through the western United States. The deadly disease is called rabbit hemorrhagic disease and has been found in California, Nevada,...

State: Dog has first case of coronavirus in Texas animal

Jul. 9, 2020 9:03 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A North Texas dog has been found to have the first coronavirus infection confirmed in a Texas animal, state officials said. The Texas Animal Health Commission announced in a statement that the Fort Worth-area dog was confirmed to have the virus that causes COVID-19. A private...

Eros carries a basket of bread from the El Porvenir mini-market as he makes a delivery on his own in Medellin, Colombia, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The eight-year-old chocolate Labrador remembers the names of customers who have previously rewarded him with treats, and with some practice, he has learned to go to their houses on his own. “He helps us to maintain social distancing,” said Eros’ owner Maria Natividad Botero, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. (AP Photo/Luis Benavides)

Doggy deliveries help Colombians shop during pandemic

Jul. 8, 2020 12:36 PM EDT

MEDELLIN, Colombia (AP) — Eight-year-old Eros trots through the streets of this hilly city several times a day with a straw basket in his jaws, taking vegetables, fruit and packaged foods to customers of the El Porvenir mini-market. The chocolate Labrador retriever is paid with treats and massages of his...

State bracing for high number of mosquito-borne virus cases

Jul. 7, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials on Tuesday said they're bracing for another summer with a high number of cases of eastern equine encephalitis, a rare but severe neurological illness transmitted by mosquitoes that hit the state particularly hard last summer. Mosquitoes have already tested positive for...

Fire under control on Danish former research island

Jul. 7, 2020 6:48 AM EDT

HELSINKI (AP) — Emergency and rescue workers in Denmark brought a blaze under control Tuesday on a largely deserted Danish island that until recently housed an animal disease research center, local media reported. No one was injured in the fire and investigators were dispatched to Lindholm island to probe...

Tumani, a 13-year old critically endangered western lowland gorilla that is expecting to give birth later this summer, eats in her enclosure at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Monday, July 6, 2020. If successful, it will be the first gorilla born at the zoo since 1996. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Endangered gorilla in New Orleans expecting 1st baby

Jul. 6, 2020 7:29 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — One of the critically endangered gorillas in the New Orleans’ zoo is expecting her first baby, and already is being trained with a “doll" to hold her future offspring. Thirteen-year-old Tumani's training “doll” doesn’t look anything like a gorilla...

Anchorage names businesses visited by customers with virus

Jul. 6, 2020 9:20 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Department of Health released a list of businesses where people who later tested positive for COVID-19 spent extended periods of time. The health department named 19 locations in the Municipality of Anchorage, Palmer and Seward to which the coronavirus patients were...