A dog in El Paso County, Colo., whose owner might have administered the dog's rabies vaccinations, tested positive for rabies, marking the first confirmed case of rabies in a pet dog in the county since 1974. The county requires all pets to be vaccinated for rabies by a licensed veterinarian.
Utah State Veterinarian Barry Pittman urged caution, vigilance and reporting as veterinarians trace the source of equine herpesvirus myeloencephalopathy in horses that traveled in junior and professional circuits in Nevada. Dr. Pittman urged horse owners to limit travel; ask rodeo or event staff about known cases or exposures; avoid sharing tack, buckets, grooming equipment, stalls or trailers; and disinfect all equipment regularly.
A 2-year-old elephant at England's Chester Zoo is receiving blood plasma transfusions and anti-viral medications for endotheliotropic herpesvirus, which killed two calves at the zoo last year. Most Asian elephants carry the virus, but few fall ill.
USDA Chief Veterinary Officer Jack Shere says pig producers and veterinarians should become familiar with African swine fever, and producers should review biosecurity plans with their veterinarian and report sick pigs immediately. Signs of ASF include high fever, poor appetite, weakness, red or blotchy skin lesions, diarrhea, vomiting, coughing and labored breathing.
A study of 18 women with obesity found 12 had undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea late in their pregnancy, and 24-hour glucose levels were higher for those women than for those who did not have apnea, researchers reported in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The study also found that obstructive sleep apnea may increase insulin resistance.
Bathing patients with chlorhexidine gluconate each day was not linked to a significant reduction in the risk of gram-negative infections, compared with control patients who had soap and water baths, according to an analysis of studies that included ICUs and other hospital units, published in Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology. Data from six studies found a higher risk of Escherichia coli infection for patients bathed with CHG.
A mattress-shaped robot named Calmer was able to provide premature infants in a NICU with the feeling of being touched or held by a human and was as effective as human touch in reducing pain, according to a study in Pain Reports. The mattress is made with a skin-like substance and vibrates to simulate the sensation of being held against a person's beating heart.
Maryland-based MedStar Health, along with two of its hospitals in the Baltimore area, agreed to a $35 million settlement to resolve accusations that the hospital system violated the False Claims Act by paying illegal kickbacks to cardiology group MidAtlantic Cardiovascular Associates in exchange for referrals for profitable procedures between Jan. 1, 2006, and July 31, 2011. The deal also settles accusations that MedStar received improper payments from Medicare for medically unnecessary stent procedures performed from Jan. 1, 2006, to Dec. 28, 2012.
John Marsh, an optician from the Atlanta area and former operator of Magazine Medical Group & Associates in New Orleans, could face up to 15 years in prison after being charged with identity theft in relation to the submission of false claims to health care benefit programs. Authorities accused Marsh of using another doctor's National Provider Identifier to submit reimbursement claims for medical services.
Dane Arredondo, a former paramedic at the Oglala Sioux Tribe's ambulance service in South Dakota, entered a not guilty plea to charges of acquiring controlled substances by fraud, health care fraud and possessing controlled substances. Arredondo is accused of falsely reporting discarded medications and stealing fentanyl, ketamine and midazolam from the service for his own use in January, court records show.
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