Agencies Share Ebola Information
with Pet Owners
The spread of the Ebola virus from Africa and into the United States has raised concerns about how prepared local, state and federal agencies are to deal with the disease. The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services late last week announced that the Missouri State Public Health Laboratory in Jefferson City has been designated as an Ebola virus disease testing laboratory. The laboratory will be able to perform presumptive testing of possible Ebola samples to help local health providers make treatment decisions while confirmation tests are performed at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
In addition to the human and public health aspects of the disease, focus has also been on the handling of dogs and cats who may have been exposed to a human being with the disease. Our understanding of the disease in dogs and cats is limited, but the CDC is working to provide the public with as much information as possible. The CDC is working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and other partners to develop additional information for pet and livestock owners. The USDA National Veterinary Services Laboratory is currently developing plans for laboratory testing of exposed animals.
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