By Linda Breazeale
MSU Ag Communications
PEARL, Miss. -- The Mississippi Board of Animal Health will not be
alone in the battle to protect the state’s poultry industry from bird
flu this winter.
“Now is the time to make sure our response plans are in place to
minimize bird losses and economic damage when migratory birds return
from infected nesting grounds,” said Dr. Jim Watson, state veterinarian
with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health.
Watson recently invited university poultry experts, agriculture
officials and representatives of Mississippi poultry companies to a
meeting at the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary
Medicine Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Pearl to address concerns.
“Of the 21 states with highly pathogenic avian influenza outbreaks
from last December through June, some of them handled their responses
without external forces coming in from the U.S. Department of
Agriculture,” Watson said. “If Mississippi has an outbreak, we must be
prepared to handle the response ourselves because USDA may be deployed
to other states experiencing outbreaks.” read more....
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News from the MS Department of Health: testing confirms the rabies case is a bat variant. Please remember to vaccinate your animals and always use caution around unknown animals and wildlife.
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Thursday, August 13, 2015
Dog treats, that is.
A large, handsome German shepherd, Maci served as a military working dog for almost six years, including three tours in Afghanistan and one in Oman with his handler, U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Karl Stefanowicz. During active service, he was credited with multiple explosive finds.
Maci now resides at Columbus Air Force Base...read more...