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New Issue of Healthy Animals Now Online

By Sandra Avant
April 28, 2015

The Agricultural Research Service (ARS) today posted a new issue of Healthy Animals. This semi-annual online newsletter compiles ARS news and expert resources on the health and well-being of agricultural livestock, poultry and fish.

Twice a year, one article in Healthy Animals focuses on a particular element of ARS animal research. The current issue focuses on improving Newcastle disease vaccines and more stringent methods to evaluate them.

Other research highlighted in this issue includes:

  • Swatting Stable Flies: ARS scientists are trapping stable flies that are pestering zoo animals.
  • Canine Bug Detectors: Dogs are being used to sniff out stink bugs indoors and outdoors.
  • Goodbye Fish Egg Fungus: A compound used to disinfect wastewater and sterilize items for hospitals and the food industry can kill fungus on catfish eggs.

Professionals interested in animal health issues might want to bookmark the site as a resource for locating animal health experts. An index lists ARS research locations covering 70 animal health topics. These range from specific diseases, such as Lyme disease, to broad subjects such as nutrition or parasites.

The site also provides complete contact information for the 25 ARS research groups that conduct studies aimed at protecting and improving farm animal health.

To receive an e-mail alert about each issue's online posting, contact Sandra Avant, ARS Information Staff, or sign up online.

ARS is the principal intramural scientific research agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.