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Coronavirus Threatens Ag Community, Not Livestock Health

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

Brownfield Ag News (March 26) – Dr. Jim Lowe, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine at the University of Illinois, says while the coronavirus pandemic doesn’t pose a threat the animal health, it does create concerns for agriculture. “We’re not worried about a direct impact of infecting the critters we work with and live with...

Diagnostic Lab Helps Speed Local Coronavirus Tests

Mar 28, 2020 / COVID-19

News-Gazette (March 28) – The Carle health system started Friday to process those tests locally, cutting the wait time for results from as long as 10 days to about 24 hours. … That’s with some help from the University of Illinois, which has lent Carle some lab equipment. Some volunteers from the UI veterinary diagnostic...

COVID-19 Impact on Agriculture: Webinar

Mar 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Farmdoc, University of Illinois Extension (March 24) – Dr. Jim Lowe, College of Veterinary Medicine, was a guest on a webinar for the agricultural community to share his perspectives on African Swine Fever and Coronavirus. The webinar can be watched online. https://farmpolicynews.illinois.edu/event/guest-virologist/ Also covered in: * Bovine Veterinarian (March 27) https://www.bovinevetonline.com/article/diseased-vs-infected-why-difference-matters

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COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices

Mar 19, 2020 / COVID-19

Best Practices for Vet Practices This list of recommendations was compiled by Dr. Ashley Mitek from information provided by the Illinois State Veterinary Medical Association, the Illinois Department of Public Health and Department of Agriculture, and Dr. Jim Lowe of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Updated March 24, 2020: FAQs for veterinary...

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College Services and Resources During COVID-19 Measures

Mar 15, 2020 / COVID-19

  This page provides handy links to information about the status of college services as well as information for animal owners, veterinarians, and the college community regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. Please check back frequently as the situation is very fluid. Last updated 6:30 pm, Wednesday, March 25. College of Veterinary Medicine Services To our clients:...

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COVID-19: Surgical Mask Shortages Impact Veterinarians

Mar 15, 2020 / COVID-19

FAQs for veterinary practitioners See also: FDA: Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies (link to Anesthesiology News) COVID-19: Recommendations for Veterinary Practices (from University of Illinois)   My practice can no longer obtain surgical masks.  Are they necessary in the operating room (OR)? It is recommended that all personnel wear a surgical mask in the...

[Drs. Ashley Mitek and Jim Lowe]

Veterinary Infectious Disease Expert Weighs in on Coronavirus Threat

Mar 9, 2020 / COVID-19

Influenza, SARS and COVID-19 are all zoonotic diseases, readily transmitted from animals to humans. The viruses that cause these diseases also share traits that allow them to quickly mutate, infect widely and spread around the world. In a new podcast, a veterinarian and expert in zoonotic diseases offers insights into the special characteristics of the...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

What Is the Coronavirus Spreading Across the Globe?

Jan 24, 2020 / COVID-19

Editor’s note: The first case of a novel strain of coronavirus has been confirmed in the United States. The respiratory illness, which can cause pneumonia and other symptoms, was first reported in Wuhan, China, where hundreds have been sickened and at least 18 have died. Leyi Wang, a virologist and professor of veterinary medicine at...