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Study Finds Fungal Disease of Snakes in 19 States, Puerto Rico

Oct 8, 2020 / Research News

Ophidiomycosis found in snakes on military bases In a collaborative effort between scientists and personnel on U.S. military bases in 31 states and Puerto Rico, researchers surveyed for an infection caused by an emerging fungal pathogen that afflicts snakes. The study found infected snakes on military bases in 19 states and Puerto Rico, demonstrating that...

[Sumiti Vinayak]

Repurposed Anti-malarial Compounds Kill Diarrheal Parasite, Study Finds

Oct 8, 2020 / General News

No Treatment or Vaccine Exist for Cryptosporidium A class of compounds used for malaria treatment also kill the intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium, a leading cause of diarrheal disease and death in children that has no cure, a multi-institution collaboration of researchers found in a new study. The compounds, called bicyclic azetidines, specifically target an enzyme responsible...

[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...

[Dr. Leyi Wang]

Team Finds Bovine Kobuvirus in U.S.

Dec 12, 2019 / Practitioner Updates

A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Bovine kobuvirus is fairly new to science, so its ill effects are not fully understood. It belongs to a family of viruses known as Picornaviridae, which includes...

Feline Face Shape: A Health and Wellness Study

Jun 12, 2019 / General News

Calling All Cat Owners! To thank owners for completing the survey, they will be given an opportunity to submit a photo of their cats to be featured on the website and social media channels of the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. (Visit the Facebook photo album to see all the photos we’ve received!)...

[American dog tick]

Help Combat Tick-borne Disease in Illinois with Data

May 14, 2019 / General News

Assist in Data Collection on Ticks The first year (2018) of I-TICK (Illinois Tick Inventory Collaboration Network) was overwhelmingly successful: 70 individual participants and 18 Hubs collected over 900 ticks in 28 counties in Illinois. The program is expanding in 2019, looking for more individuals and organizations willing to participate and assist in data collection...

[Zeeshan Fazal]

Postdoc Part of Study on Little Satellite with Big Benefits

Feb 15, 2019 / Comparative Biosciences News

Antibiotic Resistance in Space Dr. Zeeshan Fazal, a postdoctoral research associate currently working in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Spinella, comparative biosciences, received a commendation for work he participated in while at Stanford University. The Group Achievement Award was presented to the E. coli AntiMicrobial Satellite (EcAMSat) mission team. Their project, which took place on...

[Dr. Leyi Wang with whole-genome sequencers]

Whole-Genome Sequencing Expands Diagnostic Options

Feb 10, 2019 / Diagnostic Updates

Virologist Leyi Wang joined the faculty of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory in the summer of 2017. Within 18 months, he had brought two whole-genome sequencers—the lab’s first—on board. The combination of Dr. Wang’s expertise and the sequencers’ processing power opens a world of possibility for veterinarians, public health officials, and biomedical researchers, who can now...

[Dr. Sumiti Vinayak]

NIH Grant to Vinayak Seeks to Unlock Secrets of Deadly Cryptosporidium

Feb 10, 2019 / Pathobiology

Work Builds on Earlier Breakthroughs Dr. Sumiti Vinayak has received a two-year, $426, 511 R21 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a tool that will help researchers everywhere find effective weapons against the protozoan parasite Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium has long been a target of investigation, given the suffering it inflicts on people and...