The latest issue of Preventive Veterinary Medicine (Vol. 79, Iss. 2–4) is now available online. Highlights include

  • A two-part article examining a proposed model for controlling a hypothetical outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in California’s central valley. Part I of the article (abstract here) describes the model. Part II (abstract here) discusses model results and policy implications.
  • A study (abstract here) of the prevalence of salmonella among dairy herds in four northern U.S. states finds at least one strain resistant to one or more antibiotics (most commonly tetracycline, streptomycin, and/or ampicillin) in 23.6 percent of herds. Fortunately the researchers found no samples resistant to ceftriaxone and only small numbers resistant to ciprofloxacin, nalidixic acid, and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole.
  • Catmanager is not a veterinarian, so my ignorance is probably in full show here, but I was astounded by this statement in the abstract for a paper that describes a model for evaluating the risks to human beings from foodborne pathogens relative to food animal health: “The health status of food animals that are destined to enter the human food supply chain may be an important, although often overlooked, factor in predicting the risk of human foodborne infections” (emphasis added). I’ll continue happily along my vegetarian way, thank you!