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Index of Wildlife Disease Information Resources

Disease Investigation Services

Disease Investigation Services

Report mortality events and submit specimens.

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Science Spotlight - White-nose syndrome

Science Spotlight - White-nose syndrome

Updates on white-nose syndrome surveillance and research at NWHC.

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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: October 31, 2019

Pathology Case of the Month - Black Racer Snake

History: In May 2015, a Black Racer snake (Coluber constrictor priapus) with obvious multifocal cutaneous sores was observed at a basking site in Dutchess County, New York. One week later, the snake was found freshly deceased.

Date published: October 23, 2019

White-nose syndrome surveillance and research updates

Updates on white-nose syndrome surveillance and research from the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Fall 2019.

Publications

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Year Published: 2019

Chronic wasting disease—Research by the U.S. Geological Survey and partners

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Hopkins, M. Camille; Carlson, Christina M.; Cross, Paul C.; Johnson, Christopher J.; Richards, Bryan J.; Russell, Robin E.; Samuel, Michael D.; Sargeant, Glen A.; Walsh, Daniel P.; Walter, W. David

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Caryospora-like coccidia infecting green turtles (Chelonia mydas): An emerging disease with evidence of interoceanic dissemination

Protozoa morphologically consistent with Caryospora sp. are one of the few pathogens associated with episodic mass mortality events involving free-ranging sea turtles. Parasitism of green turtles (Chelonia mydas) by these coccidia and associated mortality was first reported in maricultured turtles in the Caribbean during the 1970s. Years later,...

Manire, Charles A.; Stacy, Brian A.; Chapman, Phoebe A.; Stockdale-Walden, Heather; Work, Thierry M.; Dagenais, Julie; Foley, Allen M.; Wideroff, Morgan; Wellehan, Jr.; Childress, April L.; Rodriguez, Mya; Zachariah, Trevor T.; Staggs, Lydia; Zirkelbach, Bette; Nahvi, Nina; Crowder, Whitney; Boylan, Shane M.; Marquardt, Shelly; Pelton, Craig; Norton, Terry M.

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Life cycle of the trout cecal nematode, Truttaedacnitis truttae (Nematoda: Cucullanidae): Experimental and field observations

Truttaedacnitis truttae is a cucullanid nematode of primarily salmonine fishes. Brown trout (Salmo trutta) in Europe reportedly become parasitized by ingesting lampreys (Lampetra planeri) carrying infective larvae. However, our field and laboratory observations suggested that North American specimens of T. truttae have an...

Choudhury, Anindo; Cole, Rebecca A.