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Date published: July 2, 2021

UPDATE: NWHC and partners continue investigating DC area morbidity-mortality event

In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Kentucky began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. 

Date published: July 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Raccoon

Case History: An adult female 4315-g raccoon (Procyon lotor) was found sick in Texas, US, and was euthanized. 

Date published: June 9, 2021

NWHC and partners investigating DC area mortality event

In late May, wildlife managers in Washington D.C., Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia began receiving reports of sick and dying birds with eye swelling and crusty discharge, as well as neurological signs. No definitive cause of death is identified at this time.

Date published: June 9, 2021

UPDATED Interagency Statement: USGS and Partners Continue Investigating DC Area Bird Mortality Event

If you are a private individual or entity with a wildlife morbidity and/or mortality event to report, please contact your state department of natural resources or state agency of game and fish.

Date published: June 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Raccoon

Case History: An adult male 4.04-kg raccoon (Procyon lotor) was found dead near a campground in Arizona, US.  Three raccoons and a gray fox (Urocyon cinereoargenteus) were observed panting, staggering with glazed eyes, seizing and exhibiting no fear of humans. 

Date published: May 12, 2021

New study details pathology of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2

Native North American rabbits and hares (lagomorphs) show similar lesions from rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) as those reported in European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus) and other hare (Lepus) species, according to a new study published in the Journal of Wildlife Diseases.

Date published: April 30, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Wild Turkey

Case History: In September 2015, a landowner in Minnesota, USA reported a wild turkey (Meleagris gallopavo) that was acting abnormally (did not run away when approached). Upon investigation the next day, the turkey was found dead with no visible signs of injury.  This turkey was submitted for necropsy examination and diagnostic testing.

Date published: April 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Exotic Duck

Case History: Mortality of captive exotic ducks was reported by the owner of an aviary (species and location are withheld from this report to protect privacy). An adult female duck was submitted for cause-of-death determination.

Date published: March 30, 2021

Low Risk of Researchers Passing Coronavirus to North American Bats

The risk is low that scientists could pass coronavirus to North American bats during winter research, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Date published: March 23, 2021

New usability enhancements to WHISPers data portal

New usability enhancements have been released to WHISPers.

Date published: March 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Big Brown Bat

Case History: An adult male big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus) from Wisconsin, USA was submitted for necropsy. There were no reported clinical signs.

Date published: February 24, 2021

New study finds SARS-CoV-2 infection in escaped mink in Utah

Evidence of infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, has been found in escaped farmed mink in Utah, according to a new study published in Emerging Infectious Diseases