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What's all the buzz about? Stay up-to-date with the latest NWHC and USGS News items below.

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Date published: October 21, 2019

Project Examines Emerging Challenges Related to Climate Change, Disease, and Wildlife Health

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center, in partnership with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center Network, is leading a one-year project to understand and prepare for emerging challenges related to fish and wildlife health, disease, and climate change across North America.

Date published: September 30, 2019

Pathology Case of the Month - Little brown and northern long-eared bats

Case History: Three little brown bats (Myotis lucifugus) and two northern long-eared bats (Myotis septentrionalis) were found dead at the entrance of an underground mine in St. Louis, Minnesota in February 2016.

Date published: September 10, 2019

National Wildlife Health Center Newsletter September 2019

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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.

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.

Date published: September 18, 2018

National Wildlife Health Center Newsletter September 2018

Newsletter from the National Wildlife Health Center in September 2018. Updates on avian influenza, amphibian diseases, chronic wasting disease, harmful algal blooms, vaccine development, and white-nose syndrome.

Date published: June 19, 2018

New Approach May Detect Chronic Wasting Disease Earlier, at Less Cost

A new statistical approach to disease surveillance may improve scientists’ and managers’ ability to detect chronic wasting disease earlier in white-tailed deer by targeting higher-risk animals. This approach can also provide financial and personnel savings for agencies that are required to monitor for wildlife diseases, including the National Park Service, or NPS. 

Date published: May 30, 2018

Simple Ways to Avoid Public Exposures to Infectious Wildlife Diseases Summarized

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), in collaboration with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and other disease specialists, have published reports during the past 12 years with information about the geographic distribution of diseases, specific pathogens, disease ecology, and strategies to avoid human exposure and infection for seven zoonotic diseases.

Date published: April 6, 2018

National Wildlife Health Center Newsletter April 2018

Newsletter from the National Wildlife Health Center in April 2018. Updates on chronic wasting disease, avian influenza, amphibian and reptile diseases, and white-nose syndrome.