Infectious Diseases

Pseudorabies Outbreak in Arkansas

An outbreak of Pseudorabies (which is also known as Aujesky’s disease) has broken out in the feral hogs in Arkansas, according to a report in the Arkansas Matters.

Pseudorabies is a viral disease, which causes the colloquially labelled disease “mad itch”, and was reported when ten hunting dogs became infected with the virus after ate the meat of a dead feral hog. Although multiple species have been seen to have susceptibility to the virus, the hogs are the only definitive host and the others are dead end hosts which are usually euthanized humanely once the diagnosis is made.

Pseudorabies presents no risk for animal to human spread.

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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