Respiratory Infections in Shelters: Beyond Kennel Cough
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It's no surprise that animal shelters can be incubators for the spread of respiratory infections. In many cases, the diseases are familiar, but assuming a cough is kennel cough just might cause you to miss an important diagnosis. Dr. Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD and Clinical Assistant Professor for the Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida, discusses recently identified unique disease syndromes and new test panels which are revealing a surprising number of previously unrecognized infections, such as respiratory coronavirus, influenza, pneumovirus, Mycoplasma and Streptococcus. This presentation is part of the University of Florida's Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program Track at the 2013 No More Homeless Pets National Conference.

This workshop will help you to:
- Recognize the clinical signs of newly discovered respiratory infections.
- Develop diagnostic approaches for traditional and newly emerging respiratory infections.
- Identify acceptable rates of respiratory infection in shelters and recognize endemic and outbreak situations.
- Develop surveillance and response protocols for respiratory diseases, even when the exact cause is unknown.

Presenter:   Cynda Crawford, DVM, PhD
Date:  October 12, 2013
Venue:  No More Homeless Pets National Conference

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