Animal Health Update: Issue 23


Issue 23

Nationwide Search Concludes for State Veterinarian

Dr. Nora Wineland Selected as State Veterinarian

Nora Wineland

Effective Monday, November 5, 2018, Dr. Nora Wineland will replace Dr. James Averill as State Veterinarian and Animal Industry Division Director. 

Dr. Wineland comes to AID from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service where she is the Director of the Center for Animal Welfare. 

AID is excited to welcome Dr. Wineland. She brings with her a commitment to protecting animal health and a deep understanding of federal regulations, which is important to Michigan’s farmers and ranchers.

Dr. Wineland received her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science as well as her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. She also earned her Master of Science degree from Colorado State University.

Influenza Viruses 

Canine Influenza


This summer, Michigan saw a sudden uptick in canine influenza cases. A special bulletin was sent to veterinarians informing them of the outbreak and how to report the disease to the Animal Industry Division. The bulletin was followed by a press release that urged pet owners to keep ill dogs home. Although cases are on a decline (as of September 14 there were 154 cases in 12 counties), it's important that veterinarians practice good biosecurity in their clinics, have discussions with clients about possible vaccination, and encourage owners to keep their ill animals home. More information on canine influenza can be found on the American Veterinary Medical Association's webpage.

Swine Influenza at County Fairs

This summer, two fairs in Michigan had pigs that were confirmed for swine influenza. In addition, one of those fairs had three confirmed human cases of swine influenza. Influenza in swine (fever greater than 105°F) shown at fairs and exhibitions is reportable in Michigan. Veterinarians who work with fairs should be aware that Michigan State University Extension and the AID have created and continue to build a variety of resources for fairs and exhibitions.

Mosquito-Borne Disease Season

Two West Nile Virus Cases Confirmed

Michigan has had two confirmed cases of West Nile virus in domestic animals. The first case was in a six-year-old cockatiel from Ingham County. The bird developed difficulties breathing and unsteadiness. The bird did not survive the disease and had known exposure to the outdoors and wild birds. The second case was in an unvaccinated, six-year-old mare from Gratiot County. The horse developed muscle twitching and was unable to raise her head. The owner elected to euthanize the horse and no quarantines were placed.  

WNV is transmitted by mosquitos, with cases typically being seen between July and October, with a peak in the late summer and early fall. It’s important to remind equine clients that there is a vaccination for WNV and they should reduce their horse’s exposure to mosquitoes by bringing horses indoors from dusk till dawn and using approved mosquito repellants. They also should work to prevent mosquito breeding by eliminating standing water. Veterinarians can share this graphic on their social media pages to emphasize the importance of reducing the mosquito population around horses. WNV is a reportable disease and animals that may be affected should be reported to MDARD at 800-292-3939, or for after-hours emergencies at 517-373-0440.

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525 West Allegan Street
6th Floor, P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909


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