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Welcome to the DCPAH

The Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health (DCPAH) is a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory offering more than 800 tests in 11 service sections. In the more than 30 years since its inception, DCPAH has become one of the country's premier veterinary diagnostic laboratories, handling more than 220,000 cases involving approximately 1.5 million tests annually.

The Michigan State University Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health is an invaluable professional resource, making quality, trusted, and comprehensive veterinary diagnostics widely available. Income from the laboratory is reinvested in teaching, research, and outreach for the purpose of protecting human and animal welfare domestically and around the world.

Winter 2016 Newsletter
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The DCPAH quarterly newsletter for clients is back! It has a new look, a new name, and the same great content you've come to expect from our experts. Check out Diagnostic News for diagnostic- and disease-related information and articles for practitioners, and DCPAH business tips and updates for clinic staff.

Archives of our past DCPAHealth News are still available.

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Shelter Cats Infected with Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza
December 28, 2016 - We are aware of and are monitoring reports of cats in New York City shelters showing signs of illness due to infection with an H7N2 strain of low pathogenic avian influenza (LPAI). While this type of infection is unusual in cats, prior research has shown that cats can be infected with LPAI. Initially cases were reported at one shelter but the current update (December 22, 2016) from the New York City Department of Health indicates that more than 100 cats have tested positive for H7N2 across all NYC shelters due to movement of cats between facilities. The virus is highly contagious among cats but in most cases, cats experience mild illness and recover.

In addition, a veterinarian who had close, prolonged contact with cats demonstrating clinical signs is also reported to have tested positive for the same H7N2 influenza strain. The illness was mild, short-lived, and has resolved. This is the first reported case of human H7N2 infection due to exposure to an infected cat. All other people (more than 350) and animals (including dogs and rabbits) tested have tested negative.

The NYC Department of Health has resources available online for veterinarians, health care providers, and the public.

It is unknown whether this current outbreak will be limited to the NYC area and diagnostic testing is being coordinated through the University of Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell. However, DCPAH clients who have a cat showing signs of respiratory illness and are concerned about or suspect LPAI can contact DCPAH for information about testing.
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