How Now, Mad Cow?

With over 229 cases since its first inception in the early 90’s, bovine spongiform encephalopathy, know publically as mad cow disease, has created mayhem in the global economic market accounting for a $4.7 billion dollar loss in the US beef industry in 2004 as well as resulting in tragic worldwide health implications. BSE is a … More How Now, Mad Cow?

Endangered black-footed ferrets may be saved by drones

Sylvatic plague is an infectious disease that is caused by Yersinia pestis. It primarily infects rodents, but is also the same bacterium that causes bubonic and pneumonic plague in humans. The bacteria is transmitted via flea bites and contact with infected tissue or fluids. The plague has been pushing the population of the black-footed ferret … More Endangered black-footed ferrets may be saved by drones

Yellow Fever: Fighting the Outbreak in Angola

Many of us are aware of the current epidemic of the Zika virus, but another mosquito-borne virus is also making headlines this year: yellow fever. Yellow fever is a zoonotic disease that originates from Africa that can be transmitted between primates and humans. Symptoms can vary from no illness, mild flu-like, and according to the … More Yellow Fever: Fighting the Outbreak in Angola

Humans pose as a threat to endangered gorillas

A huge issue that scientists face when dealing with endangered animals is testing whether a disease is present in the population, without actually disturbing the animals. In the case of mountain gorillas, this is a huge concern since there are roughly 880 left, with approximately 60% of these gorillas being accustomed to humans. In the … More Humans pose as a threat to endangered gorillas