AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of October 5, 2014

To provide a look at where and how often the AVMA has been mentioned in the media in the past week, the AVMA Media Relations Division has developed this weekly AVMA@Work blog series, “AVMA in the News,” showing the number of times AVMA appeared in the media, as well as a sampling of those hits.

We hope you find these reports informative. As always, we appreciate any questions or feedback you might have on our media relations efforts.

Sunday, October 5 – Saturday, October 11
: 824
Daily Average: 117.71
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)
Notes: The surge in stories midweek was fueled by heavy coverage of Ebola and pets, featuring interviews with AVMA spokesmen and highlighting our collaboration with other health organizations to develop resources and responses concerning Ebola and pets.

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Questions and answers on dogs and Ebola risks
ABC News
. … The risk that dogs might spread Ebola is very small in the U.S. or other places where dogs aren’t near corpses or eating infected animals, said Sharon Curtis Granskog, a spokeswoman for the American Veterinary Medical Association. …

Spanish health officials obtain order to kill Ebola nurse’s dog
. … While some dogs in West Africa have tested positive for the Ebola virus, they showed no signs of being infected, Michael San Filippo, senior media relations specialist for the American Veterinary Medical Association, told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette last month. …

Can dogs transmit Ebola?
Yahoo! News
. … The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) stressed on its Twitter feed there had been “no reports of pets becoming sick” or “playing a role in transmission of Ebola to humans”. It said it was working with the American Veterinary Medical Association and others to develop “guidance for the US pet population”. …

Girl recovering from pit bull attack: ‘Am I dead?’
USA Today
. … The council cites a study published in December 2013 by The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association – calling it “the most comprehensive multifactorial study of dog bite-related fatalities to be completed since the subject was first studied in the 1970s.” It, like earlier studies, “found no evidence that one kind of dog is more likely to injure a human being than another kind of dog. …”

11 Odd Facts About Marijuana
. … Pet owners are already using marijuana medicinally to help their suffering cats and dogs, according to a 2013 article in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Most of the time, animals that ingest pot get over the effects within a few hours, veterinarians say. But in large quantities, pot can be deadly to animals. …


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