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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!

Explore DATA AND TOOLS to use WHISPers, wildlife bulletins, our field manual, CWD surveillance app, & more!

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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

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.

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A novel host-adapted strain of Salmonella Typhimurium causes disease in olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) in the Pacific.

Salmonella spp. are frequently shed by wildlife including turtles, but S. enterica subsp. enterica serovar Typhimurium or lesions associated with Salmonella are rare in turtles. Between 1996 and 2016, we necropsied 127 apparently healthy pelagic olive ridley turtles (Lepidochelys olivacea) that died from drowning bycatch in fisheries and 44 live...

Work, Thierry M.; Dagenais, Julie; Stacy, Brian A.; Ladner, Jason T.; Lorch, Jeffrey M.; Balazs, George H.; Barquero-Calvo, Elias; Berlowski-Zier, Brenda M.; Breeden, Renee; Corrales-Gómez, Natalia; Gonzalez-Barrientos, Rocio; Harris, Heather; Hernández-Mora, Gabriela; Herrera-Ulloa, Angel; Hesami, Shoreh; Jones, T. Todd; Morales, Juan Alberto; Norton, Terry M.; Rameyer, Robert; Taylor, Daniel; Waltzek, Thomas B.

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Effect of amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) on apparent survival of frogs and toads in the western USA

Despite increasing interest in determining the population-level effects of emerging infectious diseases on wildlife, estimating effects of disease on survival rates remains difficult. Even for a well-studied disease such as amphibian chytridiomycosis (caused by the fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis [Bd]), there are few estimates of...

Russell, Robin E.; Halstead, Brian J.; Mosher, Brittany; Muths, Erin L.; Adams, Michael J.; Campbell Grant, Evan H.; Fisher, Robert N.; Kleeman, Patrick M.; Backlin, Adam R.; Pearl, Christopher; Honeycutt, R. Ken; Hossack, Blake R.