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First case of pig meningitis case found in New York
Streptococcus suis is the causative pathogen for pig meningitis and is transmittable to humans through handling pigs and pork. Farmers and butchers are the predominate victims of the disease. Now Dr. Ruth Zadoks from the Cornell University recently helped identify three different strains of pig meningitis in the first documented North American case that occurred last year.

A New York farmer contracted the bacteria in the summer of 2005 and was treated with antibiotics, making a full recovery. However, death has occurred in severe cases in Asia.

Slaughtering and cutting carcasses of dead pigs increases the risk of infection, according to a Cornell press release.

Like avian flu, the disease is transmissible in circumstances where animals and humans live in close contact.

At this point, the disease is not expected to spread from one human to another, according to Cornell authorities.

The case and Zadok`s research is outlined in the March 23rd issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.



Source: www.dvmnewsmagazine.com/dvm/


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