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Date published: November 17, 2015

Cause of Deadly Disease in Snakes Identified

The fungus Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola is the definitive cause of the skin infections in snakes known as snake fungal disease, or SFD, according to U.S. Geological Survey research published today in the journal mBio.

Date published: September 29, 2015

Much Ado about Avian Flu

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), commonly referred to as bird flu, is making its way across North America.

Date published: September 28, 2015

Declines and Slow Recovery in Little Brown Bat Populations Predicted

Populations of bats diminished by white-nose syndrome (WNS), a disease of hibernating bats, are unlikely to return to healthy levels in the near future, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research.

Date published: August 26, 2015

Media Advisory: Scientists and Officials Celebrate 40 Years of Groundbreaking Science in Madison

Representatives from the offices of Senator Tammy Baldwin, Senator Ron Johnson and Congressman Mark Pocan will join leaders from the U.S. Geological Survey, federal and state partners and city officials for a special 40th anniversary event at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin, this Friday.

Date published: July 1, 2015

Honolulu Field Station Newsletter 6: July 2015

Updates from the NWHC Honolulu Field Station in July 2015. 

Date published: April 2, 2015

Circulation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Flu in North American Birds

Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5 viruses of Eurasian origin continue to circulate and evolve in North American wild birds.

Date published: March 31, 2015

New Technology Helps Identify Dispersal of Avian Flu Virus between Asia and Alaska

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — In a new study published today, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service harnessed a new type of DNA technology to investigate avian influenza viruses in Alaska.

Date published: March 9, 2015

International Bat Monitoring Research Group Receives

USGS bat conservation researchers and their partners are being recognized today with the U.S. Forest Service Wings Across the Americas Research Award for their contributions to the North American Bat Monitoring Program (NABat).

Date published: January 23, 2015

USGS Statement Regarding Avian Flu Found in Washington State Green-Winged Teal

Some media are reporting that the Asian H5N1 strain of highly pathogenic avian influenza has now entered the United States. This is incorrect.

Date published: January 5, 2015

How Does White-Nose Syndrome Kill Bats?

For the first time, scientists have developed a detailed explanation of how white-nose syndrome (WNS) is killing millions of bats in North America, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Wisconsin. The scientists created a model for how the disease progresses from initial infection to death in bats during hibernation.

Date published: December 17, 2014

Highly Pathogenic H5 Avian Influenza Confirmed in Wild Birds in Washington State H5N2 Found in Northern Pintail Ducks & H5N8 Found in Captive Gyrfalcons

WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2014 — The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic (HPAI) H5 avian influenza in wild birds in Whatcom County, Washington.

Date published: December 16, 2014

Honolulu Field Station Newsletter 5: December 2014

Updates from the NWHC Honolulu Field Station in December 2014.