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Welcome to the National Wildlife Health Center! Our mission is to safeguard wildlife health through dynamic partnerships and exceptional science.

Explore SCIENCE to learn more about wildlife diseases, ongoing projects, the Honolulu Field Station, & our services!

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DISEASE INVESTIGATION SERVICES

DISEASE INVESTIGATION SERVICES

Report mortality events and submit specimens.

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ONGOING WILDLIFE PROJECTS

ONGOING WILDLIFE PROJECTS

Explore our ongoing projects to learn about NWHC expertise in wildlife disease diagnostics, epidemiology, and research.

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HONOLULU FIELD STATION

HONOLULU FIELD STATION

The NWHC HFS provides support to the natural resource communities of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin in the investigation of wildlife diseases.

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News

Date published: May 1, 2019

Vaccination May Help Protect Bats from Deadly Disease

A new study shows that vaccination may reduce the impact of white-nose syndrome in bats, marking a milestone in the international fight against one of the most destructive wildlife diseases in modern times.

Date published: March 29, 2019

National Wildlife Health Center Newsletter March 2019

Updates on disease surveillance, vaccine development, African Swine Fever, white-nose syndrome, modeling causes of mortality, chronic wasting disease, and coral reefs.

Date published: October 26, 2018

A Unified Research Strategy for Disease Management

As wildlife diseases increase globally, an understanding of host-pathogen relationships can elucidate avenues for management and improve conservation efficacy. Amphibians are among the most threatened groups of wildlife, and disease is a major factor in global amphibian declines.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Pathology in practice: Knemidocoptiasis in a pine grosbeak (Pinicola enucleator)

No abstract available.

Knowles, Susan; Swan, Jennifer L.; Roderick, Constance; Cole, Rebecca A.

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Year Published: 2019

Virally-vectored vaccine candidates against white-nose syndrome induce anti-fungal immune response in little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus)

White-nose syndrome (WNS) caused by the fungus, Pseudogymnoascus destructans (Pd) has killed millions of North American hibernating bats. Currently, methods to prevent the disease are limited. We conducted two trials to assess potential WNS vaccine candidates in wild-caught Myotis lucifugus. In a pilot study, we immunized bats with...

Rocke, Tonie E.; Kingstad-Bakke, Brock; Wuthrich, Marcel; Stading, Ben; Abbott, Rachel C.; Isidoro Ayza, Marcos; Dobson, Hannah E.; dos Santos Dias, Lucas; Galles, Kevin; Lankton, Julia S.; Falendysz, Elizabeth; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Fites, J. Scott; Lopera-Madrid, Jaime; Klein, Bruce; Osorio, Jorge E.; White, J. Paul

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Year Published: 2019

Aerosol transmission of gull-origin Iceland subtype H10N7 influenza A virus in ferrets

Subtype H10 influenza A viruses (IAVs) have been recovered from domestic poultry and various aquatic bird species, and sporadic transmission of these IAVs from avian species to mammals (i.e., human, seal, and mink) are well documented. In 2015, we isolated four H10N7 viruses from gulls in Iceland. Genomic analyses showed four gene segments in the...

Guan, Minhui; Hall, Jeffrey S.; Zhang, Xiaojian; Dusek, Robert J.; Olivier, Alicia K.; Liu, Liyuan; Li, Lei; Krauss, Scott; Danner, Angea; Li, Tao; Rutvisuttinunt, Wiriya; Lin, Xiaoxu; Hallgrimsson, Gunnar T.; Ragnarsdottir, Sunna B.; Vignisson, Solvi R.; TeSlaa, Josh; Nashold, Sean; Wan, Xiu-Feng; Jarman, Richard