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Veterinarians are experts in Ebola

Date: October 29, 2014
By: Katie Hynes
State Capitol Bureau

The next time you're taking your pet for its checkup, you can ask the veterinarian about Ebola.
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Wrap:  Veterinarians learn about Ebola in vet school because it is a zoonotic disease.

Zoonotic diseases are diseases that can be transfered from animals to people.

The American Veterinarian Medical Association David Kirkpatrick says it is important for veterinarians to learn about zoonotic diseases.  

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Description: "Since they are experts in the care of animals as well as experts in the field of public health, it's critical that they learn about and are educated in all zoonotic diseases."

Missouri Senator Dan Brown, Republican from southeast Missouri, learned about Ebola when he was in school.

It was included in his curriculum because Ebola is a hemorragic disease, which is caused by four common viruses.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes

Doctor's aren't the only ones who know about Ebola, one Missouri Senator says he learned about the disease in veterinarian school.
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Wrap: Senator Dan Brown, Republican from southeast Missouri, learned about hemorrhagic diseases in veterinary school.

Hemorrhagic diseases are those that cause internal bleeding and fevers which are symptoms of Ebola.

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Description: "When I was in veterinary school we did a study on Ebola and its transmission. There's been a lot of work done over the last 40 years."

The American Veterinary Medical Association's David Kirkpatrick says that veterinarians are learning about Ebola today because it is a zoonotic disease.

Zoonotic diseases can be transfered from animals to people, so veterinarians need to be aware of them.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Katie Hynes

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