Ohio ADDL April Newsletter


Ohio Department of Agriculture   -   APRIL 2018

In this issue

- Test Name Change Update

- Re-Use of Needles

- New Employees

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Reminder: CAE/OPP ELISA Test is now called Small Ruminant Lentivirus ELISA Test

Anne Parkinson, Serology Section Head 

Please note that the Caprine Arthritis Encephalitis/Ovine Progressive Pneumonia ELISA test is now called the Small Ruminant Lentivirus (SVLV) ELISA test at the ADDL. Although the test has not changed, the kit provider changed the test name in 2017. This name change has caused some confusion for clients when attempting to locate the test and fee on ADDL website and when requesting the test in the laboratory. Clients will now find this test on the website as the SRLV ELISA – under the Serology Sections test offerings. The test kit itself has NOT changed as far as sample submission and virus detection. The name was updated to represent more recent nomenclature. (When in doubt, please contact the laboratory to confirm your test request at 614-728-6220).


Notice on Re-Use of Needles

This is a re-print of a notice published 03/01/2018 by USDA APHIS.

There have been recent discussions about the importance of biosecurity and reusing needles. Veterinary Services cannot over-emphasize the importance of single-use needles in the diagnosis and treatment of livestock. Needles contaminated with blood or tissue can act as fomites, carrying infectious agents and rapidly transmitting disease through a herd or between herds of animals. Using needles on only one animal and then safely discarding used needles protects the health and well-being of livestock and the customers we serve. Some diseases that may be transmitted with dirty needles include:

  • Bovine leucosis;
  • Bovine virus diarrhea;
  • Bluetongue;
  • Anaplasmosis;
  • Caprine arthritis and encephalitis;
  • Cryptosporidiosis;
  • Strangles;
  • Ringworm;
  • Clostridial disease (blackleg);
  • Caseous Lymphadenitis; and
  • Several foreign animal diseases, such as Nipah virus.

Additional information on preventing disease spread is available in the National Veterinary Accreditation Module 4, Preventing Disease Introduction and Spread, located at https://www.aphis.usda.gov/aphis/ourfocus/animalhealth/nvap/ct_aast.


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New Employees at ADDL

New employees
L to R: Chelsea Harrington, Joany van Balen

The ADDL welcomes three new employees this month!


ADDL Virology/Molecular Diagnostic Section:

Chelsea Harrington completed her undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University in 2013. After working a short time as a veterinary assistant, she returned to OSU in the Master’s in Public Health program with the Veterinary specialization. She will complete her graduate training this summer! She has worked at the ADDL since November 2017 as an interim laboratory scientist and accepted permanent position in March 2018. Chelsea's graduate research was in Staph. aureus and antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella at OSU.


Joany van Balen obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Zulia University in Venezuela, her home country. In 2008, she came to The Ohio State University as a Visiting Scholar and in 2015 completed her Doctor of Philosophy degree in the College of Veterinary Medicine. For the past three years, she expanded her professional experience as a Postdoctoral Researcher focusing on antimicrobial resistance, zoonosis and infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, and molecular epidemiology. We welcome Dr. van Balen to the ADDL team.


New Employee
Lauren Dickey

ADDL Pathology Section:

Lauren Dickey graduated from The Ohio State University in 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture/Animal Science. Lauren did internships with the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory from 2011-2014. She worked at the Animal Hospital of Pataskala from 2008-2018 as a veterinary assistant. Lauren currently raises black Angus cattle and cares for her quarter horse named Woodrow.


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