World News Roundup: January 20, 2017


In Greece, 28,000 chickens were destroyed earlier this month following an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza virus.

(Irish Times)

A case of atypical bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been identified in an 18-year-old cow in Galway. Of the two types of BSE, or mad cow disease, atypical BSE is not associated with any health risks.

28,000 Chickens Destroyed After Infection with H5N8 (OIE)

According to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), 28,000 chickens in Greece were destroyed earlier this month following an outbreak of a highly pathogenic strain of avian influenza virus (H5N8). The outbreak is considered to be ongoing.

Cresco Pharma First to Bring Cannabidiol-Rich Nutraceuticals to European Market (Finfeed)

“Creso Pharma (ASX: CPH), a leading player in the global development of cannabis- and hemp-derived therapeutic-grade nutraceutical products for humans and animals, has been granted the first EU registration for two animal health cannabidiol-based nutraceutical products in a proprietary formulation in the category of animal feed for commercialization in the global companion animal market.”

Saliva-Based Test Developed for Tapeworm in Horses (

“In the global fight against parasite resistance to deworming medications, a group of researchers in the United Kingdom has recently developed a more practical test for the equine tapeworm. A new, reliable saliva test is now making its appearance in European markets and could be available in the United States in 2017, researchers said.”

Scottish Pup Survives After Eating an 8-inch Knife (UPI)

Astonishing X-rays show the 8-inch kitchen knife that was swallowed by 12-week-old Staffordshire bull terrier in Scotland. The pup was saved by emergency surgery and reportedly was “bouncing all over the place as if nothing had happened” the morning after surgery.

Volunteers Aid in Wildlife Rescue After Oil Spill in Turkey (

“After a major oil spill affected wildlife in coastal areas in Western Turkey, Birdlife Turkey sent an emergency team of volunteers to help with the rescue.” Volunteers worked to transfer a number of affected bird species to a nearby wildlife rescue and rehabilitation facility.

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