Category: Vaccines & Diseases

The Next Generation of Potential Remedies Against Microbes Like Phages

The Next Generation of Potential Remedies Against Microbes

Our recent antimicrobial series discussed concerns that the currently available antibiotic, antifungal, antiparasitic and antiviral drugs are losing efficacy due to the efficient ability of bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses to mutate. So, there is urgency in seeking alternatives, which researchers are now actively pursuing. Think about it: something in nature must be keeping these…

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Antiparasitic Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 3: Antiparasitic Resistance

“The development of antibiotics, antivirals and antimalarials are some of modern medicine’s greatest successes. Now, time with these drugs is running out. Antimicrobial resistance – the ability of bacteria, parasites, viruses and fungi to resist these medicines – threatens to send us back to a time when we were unable to easily treat infections such…

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Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 2 Antifungal Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 2: Antifungal Resistance

A Review of Microbes and Antimicrobial Resistance Microbes are: Bacteria Fungi Viruses Parasites Antimicrobial drugs are: Antibiotics for bacterial infections Antifungals for fungal infections Antivirals for viral infections Antiparasitics for parasitic infections Antifungal Resistance in Context First identified in 2009 in Japan from a man’s earwax, the fungus, Candida auris, has quickly spread around the…

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Antiviral Resistance

Antimicrobial Resistance Series Part 1: Antiviral Resistance

“Antimicrobial resistance happens when micro-organisms (such as bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites) change when they are exposed to antimicrobial drugs (such as antibiotics, antifungals, antivirals and antiparasitics). Microorganisms that develop antimicrobial resistance are sometimes referred to as ‘superbugs’.” – World Health Organization (WHO) Microbes and Antimicrobial Resistance Microbes are: Bacteria Fungi Viruses Parasites Antimicrobial drugs…

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USDA Adverse Event Due to Vaccinations Reporting

FYI: USDA Adverse Event Due to Vaccinations Reporting

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been implementing important and positive changes regarding adverse events that companion pets or livestock (feed animals) may have experienced due to a vaccination. We explain the changes and what you can do if your companion pet suffers from an adverse event. What sparked these changes? The Virus-Serum-Toxin…

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Circovirus in Dogs

Circovirus in Dogs: Should we be concerned?

Circovirus in dogs came into the national spotlight in 2013 as several dogs in Michigan, Ohio and California possibly became ill or died from this newly discovered virus. Companion dog caregivers were justifiably concerned. Bear in mind that the sickened dogs did not cause the discovery of this virus. Dog circovirus was actually discovered a…

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Outbreak of Antibiotic Resistant Campylobacter Bacteria Linked to Pet Store Puppies

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued a report recently concerning the spread of antibiotic resistant Campylobacter jejuni bacteria from pet store puppies to humans. We have summarized the findings and provide analysis. CDC Report Summary 118 persons, including 29 pet store employees, in 18 states were identified with campylobacteriosis illness onset during January 5, 2016 –…

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