AVMA Health News Bytes: Fighting Alien Fevers

They’re not UFOs, they’re FUOs. And these earthbound phenomena can be just as mysterious as other-worldly curiosities. Fevers of unknown origins, or FUOs, are on the rise in horses around the country. Veterinary researcher Dr. Linda Mittel, from Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, is trying to figure out why. Mittel and her colleagues are embarking on a study to find out if ticks might be spreading diseases that cause the fevers and if the insects’ expansion into new geographic areas might also be increasing the risk of tickborne diseases being spread to people. For more information, contact Stephanie Specchio at 607-253-3369 or sas6@cornell.edu.

AVMA Health News Bytes highlights developments in the world of comparative medicine and its enormous impact on human and animal health. Veterinarians are among the many medical professionals leading the way in finding new treatments and cures for people affected by such things as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

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