AVMA IN THE NEWS: Week of November 9, 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, November 9 – Saturday, November 15
: 479
Daily Average: 68.4
2014 High Avg.: 117.71 (week of October 5)
Notes: Wednesday’s spike in coverage was due to wide distribution of articles mentioning AVMA’s role in developing newly released guidance for handling pets that may have been exposed to the Ebola virus.



Vets issue advice on pets that may have Ebola
ABC News (A.P.)
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association compiled the guidance after a dog in Spain was euthanized because its owner contracted Ebola and a dog belonging to an infected nurse in Dallas was quarantined and then released. …

U.S. veterinarians issue guidelines for handling pets exposed to Ebola
. … The guidelines from the American Veterinary Medical Association aim to help state governments plan their response to Ebola, which has killed more than 5,000 people in an outbreak in West Africa and a handful of people in Europe and the United States. …

Veterinarians Group Issues New Guidelines for Pets and Ebola
The American Veterinary Medical Association is urging pet owners to take an abundance of caution when dealing with Ebola, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is saying that animals have not contributed to the outbreak of the virus in West Africa.

Veterinarians urge separation of pets, people at high Ebola risk
The Hill
The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) is recommending that people with known exposure to Ebola give up their pets for 21 days or yield care duties to another member of their household.

AUDIO: Veterinary group issues new guidelines for pets of Ebola patients
Rivet News Radio
New guidelines for dealing with pets of Ebola infected humans in the US. “The guidance was developed out of an abundance of caution to ensure public safety and then also the safety of their pets.” That’s Dr. Kristi Henderson of the American Veterinary Medical Association. The group has been working with health experts, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and others to formulate guidelines for dealing with pets of Ebola patients.

In a quiet trend, pit bull bans are disappearing
Kansas City Star
. … The American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Bar Association and other groups say that animal control departments are better off addressing the public safety risks of problem animals than on impounding every dog that happens to look like a pit bull. …

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