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Proactive assessments provide a scientific blueprint—complete with a calculated risk rating—to inform animal movement decisions for a variety of food-supply pathways during such outbreaks.

Samples of hair, blood, and heart tissue are en route to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Equine Genetics and Genomics Laboratory, where scientists studying cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death in racehorses will apply their expertise to the overall picture of the 3-year-old colt’s death.

It is well understood that Echinococcus spp., a type of zoonotic parasitic tapeworm, spills over into humans through contaminated soil or water—and through their pets. But unlike humans, dogs are asymptomatic when infected with echinococcus, which makes it difficult to detect before a human is infected.

Although studies in Europe and Asia have explored the role of rodent pests in zoonotic disease outbreaks, comparatively little research has investigated the rodent-agricultural interface in the United States.

The Centers for Disease Control calls antibiotic (or antimicrobial) resistance “one of the biggest public health challenges of our time,” responsible for 2.5 million infections and more than 35,000 human deaths in the U.S. each year.

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