Los Angeles Daily News (Dec. 21) – Malignant catarrhal fever is more commonly found in underdeveloped nations and is rarely seen in the U.S., said Jennifer Langan, a clinical professor of zoological medicine at the University of Illinois and a senior staff veteran at the Brookfield Zoo outside Chicago. When it does strike zoos or farms, euthanizing host animals is really the only option, she said.
“It’s highly contagious,” she said. “In order to prevent additional animals from being harmed you can’t move that infected herd anyplace because you put other animals at risk.”
She likened the decision to euthanize a herd to pet owners who must put down their dog or cat for quality-of-life reasons.
* Los Angeles Times (Dec. 21)
* New Haven Register (Dec. 21)