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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: August 30, 2019

Pathology Case of the Month - Mourning Dove

Case History: An immature female 122-g Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) was found dead in a park in Arizona, US.  An estimated 18 birds including Inca Doves (Columbina inca), Great-tailed Grackles (Quiscalus mexicanus), and Mourning Doves were found dead with no reported clinical signs.  Zinc phosphide was applied to ground squirrel burrows the day...

Date published: July 29, 2019

Pathology Case of the Month - Ross's Goose

Case History: An adult male 1545-g Ross’s Goose (Chen rossii) was found dead on a refuge in Kansas, US.  Collectively at this location, over 300 birds including Snow Geese (Chen caerulescens), Canada Geese (Branta canadensis) and Mallard Ducks (Anas platyrhynchos) were found dead with no reported clinical signs.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Quantifying spirorchiid eggs in splenic histological samples from green turtles

The present study proposes a new methodology for the quantification of parasite eggs in animal tissue. Quantification of parasites are important to understand epidemiology of spirorchiid infections in sea turtles, however different methodologies for quantifying Spirorchiidae eggs in turtle tissues have been used. The most representative way to...

Felipe D'Azeredo; Meira-Filho, Meira; Work, Thierry M.

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Quarterly wildlife mortality report July 2019

No abstract available.

Richards, Bryan J.; Dusek, Robert J.

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Year Published: 2019

One Health: A perspective from wildlife and environmental health sectors

Loss of biodiversity, habitat fragmentation and pollution, and subsequent degradation of natural environments threaten the range of ecosystem services that support all life on this planet. These changes, among others, are also driving the emergence of infectious diseases, with negative health outcomes for humans, animals, and...

Sleeman, Jonathan M.; Richgels, Katherine L. D.; White, C. LeAnn; Stephen, C.