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Denoted by pet death announcements and sympathy cards and grave markers, by urns and healing ceremonies and bereavement hot lines, the passing of an animal has become a major, often devastating life event for many people.
As a teenager growing up in the small village of Jerlun in Kubang Pasu, Kedah, Dr Lim Hwa Aun, who was acknowledged as #8220;Father of Bioinformatics#8221; by the biotechnology community in 1987, was already planning out his career by taking note of the routes successful people took.
The latest in the series of animal-related infections in humans is monkeypox, a rare illness that has infected at least four people in the US which is usually confined to countries in Central and West Africa. More than 50 cases are being investigated in that country.
The Veterinary Services Department has temporarily stopped issuing permits for the import of prairie dogs following the outbreak of monkeypox in the United States.