The Connecticut Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (CVMDL) at the University of Connecticut is working to protect the animals and humans from the public health risks associated with Salmonella exposure. As the only laboratory in New England accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the CVMDL is on the forefront of disease research, prevention, and monitoring.
Salmonella are bacteria that can live in the intestinal tracts of animals. Reptiles, poultry, dogs, cats, and horses are all common carriers, and oftentimes show no signs of disease while carrying the bacteria. When humans come in contact with Salmonella, they can develop salmonellosis, which is the illness developed from being infected with the bacteria. This illness is a major public health concern, with approximately 40,000 human cases of salmonellosis reported in the United States each year. The CVMDL plays a major role in working to prevent the spread of the disease. The lab collaborates with federal, state, and local agencies to detect Salmonellosis outbreaks, as well as other diseases that could put animal and human health at risk.
People can become infected by eating foods contaminated with the bacteria, or through direct contact with farm animals or pets. To prevent illness, people who may have come in contact with Salmonella must wash their hands, avoid touching their mouths, and ensure food is prepared and handled properly.
Services provided by institutions such as the CVMDL at the University of Connecticut help veterinarians and animal owners in diagnosing the bacteria and preventing the possible spread to other animals and humans. Through easy to implement practices and awareness, the spread of this extremely dangerous bacteria can be prevented.
For more information how to prevent salmonella and more work from the University of Connecticut Extension, read more here.More From: University of Connecticut
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