USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Welcome to the National Wildlife Health Center. Our staff, jointly with our partners, investigate and respond to wildlife disease outbreaks using our expertise and specialized laboratories. We investigate biological threats and develop strategies to prevent and manage emerging wildlife diseases. Our mission is to safeguard wildlife health through dynamic partnerships and exceptional science.
Disease Investigation Services
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Explore our ongoing projects to learn about NWHC expertise in wildlife disease diagnostics, epidemiology, and research.Learn More
NWHC 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.Learn More
Newsletter from the National Wildlife Health Center in September 2018. Updates on avian influenza, amphibian diseases, chronic wasting disease, harmful algal blooms, vaccine development, and white-nose syndrome.
A new statistical approach to disease surveillance may improve scientists’ and managers’ ability to detect chronic wasting disease earlier in white-tailed deer by targeting higher-risk animals. This approach can also provide financial and personnel savings for agencies that are required to monitor for wildlife diseases, including the National Park Service, or NPS.
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and other disease specialists, have published reports during the past 12 years with information about the geographic distribution of diseases, specific pathogens, disease ecology, and strategies to avoid human exposure and infection for seven zoonotic diseases.
Population differences in susceptibility to Plasmodium relictum in zebra finches Taeniopygia guttata
Domesticated Australian and Timor zebra finches (Taeniopygia guttata castanotis, and T. guttata guttata, respectively) were inoculated with canary (Serinus canaria) blood containing a Hawaiian isolate of Plasmodium relictum (lineage GRW04), a hemoparasite that causes avian malaria. In two experimental trials, Timor, but not Australian zebra...Hofmeister, Erik K.; Balakrishnan, Christopher N.; Atkinson, Carter T.
Mortality of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus carissima) naturally exposed to microcystin-LR
We describe a die-off of little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus carissima) associated with acute intoxication with microcystin-LR in 2016 at Scofield Reservoir in Utah. High levels of this cyanotoxin in water from the reservoir and gastrointestinal content of bats supported this diagnosis.Isidoro Ayza, Marcos; Jones, Lee C.; Dusek, Robert; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Landsberg, Jan H.; Wilson, Patrick; Graham, Stephanie
Experimental infection of Tadarida brasiliensis with Pseudogymnoascus destructans, the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome
White-nose syndrome (WNS) is causing significant declines in populations of North American hibernating bats, and recent western and southern expansions of the disease have placed additional species at risk. Understanding differences in species susceptibility and identifying management actions to reduce mortality of bats from WNS are top research...Verant, Michelle; Meteyer, Carol U.; Stading, Benjamin; Blehert, David S.