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Disease Investigation Services

Report mortality events and submit specimens.

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Science Spotlight: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2

Science Spotlight: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) has been confirmed for the first time in wild rabbits in the United States.

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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 7, 2021

Multiple Coronaviruses Found in Animals Around Utah Mink Farms

Scientists detected six types of coronaviruses in numerous wild and domestic mammals sampled on and near mink farms in Utah, according to a U.S. Geological Survey-led study available today.

Date published: October 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Red Crossbills and American Goldfinches

Case History: In July, approximately 45 red crossbills (Loxia curvirostra) and American goldfinches (Spinus tristis) exhibited lethargy and were later found dead around bird feeders at several houses in a neighborhood in Montana, U.S.A.

Date published: September 30, 2021

Destructive Snake Disease Discovered in Museum Specimens

A recent study of museum snake specimens shows that snake fungal disease, a skin infection threatening many important snake populations, existed in the U.S. over 50 years earlier than previously thought. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Outside the box: Working with wildlife in biocontainment

Research with captive wildlife in Animal Biosafety Level 2 (ABSL2) and 3 (ABSL3) facilities is becoming increasingly necessary as emerging and re-emerging diseases involving wildlife have increasing impacts on human, animal, and environmental health. Utilizing wildlife species in a research facility often requires outside the box thinking with...

Falendysz, Elizabeth; Calhoun, Dana Marie; Smith, Carrie Alison; Sleeman, Jonathan M.

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Year Published: 2021

Genetic sequencing of Attwater's prairie chicken avian poxvirus and evaluation of its potential role in reticuloendotheliosis virus outbreaks

Efforts to breed Attwater's prairie chickens (APC; Tympanuchus cupido attwateri) in captivity to supplement wild populations of this endangered bird have been negatively affected by infections with Avipoxvirus and reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV). Because REV can be integrated into the genome of fowlpox virus (FPV) and may be...

Hofmeister, Erik K.; Georgousi, Fiona Antigoni; Lund, Melissa; Ferro, Pam; Flanagan, Joe; Haefele, Holly; Morrow, Mike

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Year Published: 2021

Quarterly Wildlife Mortality Report July 2021

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) Quarterly Mortality Report provides brief summaries of epizootic mortality and morbidity events by quarter. The write-ups, highlighting epizootic events and other wildlife disease topics of interest, are published in the Wildlife Disease Association quarterly newsletter. A link is provided in this...

Richards, Bryan J.; Ballmann, Anne; Lankton, Julia S.; Work, Thierry M.