AVMA Gathers Information on Ebola
The death of an international traveler diagnosed in the U.S. as having the Ebola virus disease (EVD), coupled with the precautionary measure by Spanish health officials to euthanize the dog of an exposed healthcare worker, have raised questions and concerns among veterinarians and the public alike:
How will the U.S. react if faced with an increased number of EVD patients?
Is there any chance that what happened in Spain could happen here?
Is it even possible for dogs to get EVD or spread it to humans?
The AVMA is collaborating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and USDA along with other agencies and experts and is tapping into the broad expertise of our member veterinarians to develop information. Visit the AVMA’s collection of information and updates on Ebola by clicking here.
New for AVMA Members as of November 5, 2014
The AVMA has released two new documents to help you with issues related to pets and Ebola:
The Checklist for Practicing Veterinarians is designed to help you determine how to proceed in the event you are confronted with a patient or client who has potentially been exposed to the Ebola virus. It is based on our understanding of the currently available science and will be updated as needed.
The Pet Owner’s Guide to Ebola Exposure is a simple flowchart that you can use as a handout to provide basic guidance for clients. It is based on the “Interim Guidance for Public Health Officials on Pets of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Contacts” developed by the AVMA and others in the Ebola working groups.
Both of these resources are available exclusively to AVMA members.
CDC Questions and answers about Ebola and pets
October 13, 2014
The ongoing epidemic of Ebola in West Africa has raised several questions about how the disease affects the animal population, and in particular, the risk to household pets. While the information available suggests that the virus may be found in several kinds of animals, CDC, the US Department of Agriculture, and the American Veterinary Medical Association do not believe that pets are at significant risk for Ebola in the United States. Read more at the CDC website by clicking here.
Wired: Ebola spotlights key One Health principles
October 15, 2014
As human Ebola patients have been diagnosed, attention has turned to their pets, in what three experts note is “a stark reminder of the crucial role animals can and do play in the spread of disease.” Noting that 60% of human pathogens originate in animals, they call for vigilance in animal outbreaks and a strategy to stem the spread among all species: “The key take-away from the connection between animals and disease is that we must have vaccines for diseases that are both animal and human targeted.” Read more at wired.com.
AVMA CEO on Ebola and Pets: “It’s time to be cautious, but no time for panic”
October 17, 2014
Last week, a new angle of the emerging Ebola story came to the forefront: What to do with the dog of an infected patient in Texas, who may have been exposed to the virus? The dog is currently in quarantine while veterinarians and public health agencies work to develop protocols on Ebola and pets. So what risk does the Ebola virus pose to our pets? And can pets carry and spread the virus to people? In AVMA’s latest podcast, Dr. Ron DeHaven, CEO of the AVMA, talks about Ebola and pets. Listen to the podcast.
CDC Issues new rules for protecting workers from Ebola
October 20, 2014
Guidance on Personal Protective Equipment To Be Used by Healthcare Workers During Management of Patients with Ebola Virus Disease in U.S. Hospitals, Including Procedures for Putting On (Donning) and Removing (Doffing). Read more at the CDC website by clicking here.
Happy reunion for Dallas Ebola nurse and dog after both complete quarantine
November 1, 2014
A Dallas nurse who recovered from Ebola has been reunited with her dog, after both completed separate 21-day quarantines. Nina Pham and her year-old King Charles spaniel, Bentley, were reunited on Saturday morning at the decommissioned naval air station near Dallas where Bentley was being cared for by city officials. Read more at The Guardian.
Veterinarians Group New Guidelines for Pets and Ebola
November 19, 2014
The American Veterinary Medical Association is urging pet owners to take an abundance of caution when dealing with Ebola, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that animals have not contributed to the outbreak of the virus in West Africa. Read more at Time.com.