National Wildlife Health Center


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: May 2, 2012

Honolulu Field Station Newsletter 1: May 2012

Updates from the NWHC Honolulu Field Station in May 2012.

Date published: April 30, 2012

For the Birds: AMBLE Along Lake Michigan

AMBLE along the lake this summer and fall and join a local community that cares about lakeshore conditions and bird health. 

Date published: February 27, 2012

Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Transmitted During Summer in California Wetlands

Waterfowl in California can spread low pathogenic avian influenza viruses during summertime when wetland temperatures are warm and waterfowl densities are low, according to a recent U.S. Geological Survey study.

Date published: October 26, 2011

Culprit Identified: Fungus Causes Deadly Bat Disease

The appropriately named fungus Geomyces destructans is the cause of deadly white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats, according to research published today in the journalNature.   

Date published: July 13, 2011

USGS National Wildlife Health Center Receives Prestigious International Designation by the World Organization for Animal Health

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) has been named as an OIE Collaborating Centre for Research and Diagnosis of Emerging and Existing Pathogens of Wildlife by the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) at its recent meeting in Paris.

Date published: May 17, 2011

Lichens May Aid in Combating Deadly Chronic Wasting Disease in Wildlife

Certain lichens can break down the infectious proteins responsible for chronic wasting disease (CWD), a troubling neurological disease fatal to wild deer and elk and spreading throughout the United States and Canada, according to U.S. Geological Survey research published today in the journal PLoS ONE. 

Date published: January 10, 2011

Wildlife Die-Offs are Relatively Common, Recent Bird Deaths Caused by Impact Trauma

Large wildlife die-off events are fairly common, though they should never be ignored, according to the U.S. Geological Survey scientists whose preliminary tests showed that the bird deaths in Arkansas on New Year’s Eve and those in Louisiana were caused by impact trauma.

Date published: October 25, 2010

Wildlife Health Reporting Tools May Help Prevent Human Illness

Two new tools that enable the public to report sick or dead wild animals could also lead to the detection and containment of wildlife disease outbreaks that may pose a health risk to people.

Date published: January 12, 2010

New Research Findings Can Improve Avian Flu Surveillance Programs

Genetic analyses of avian influenza in wild birds can help pinpoint likely carrier species and geographic hot spots where Eurasian viruses would be most likely to enter North America, according to new U.S. Geological Survey research. 

Date published: October 30, 2009

North American Raptors Susceptible to Avian Influenza

American kestrels are extremely susceptible to highly pathogenic avian influenza, indicating that other endangered and threatened raptors may also be at risk if the virus reaches North America.
In a new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) study, all kestrels inoculated with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1 died within seven days of inoculation, regardless of the virus dose.

Date published: August 20, 2009

Forget the Garlic Necklace! Learn More about Bats and Rabies

A new book demystifies bats and eliminates many myths surrounding rabies and other related infections. Bat Rabies and Other Lyssavirus Infections, combines current science about bat rabies with rich illustrations and personal stories from the field. The author, Denny G. Constantine, is widely considered one of the world's foremost authorities on rabies.

Date published: August 3, 2009

New Ouchless Plague Vaccine, Shipwrecks Wrecking Coral Reefs, White-Nose Syndrome in Bats, and More at the Wildlife Disease Association Conference

Note to reporters and editors: The 58th annual meeting of the Wildlife Disease Association (WDA) will be August 2-7, 2009, in Blaine, Wash. The theme is Wildlife Health from Land to Sea: Impacts of a Changing World. This release is based on USGS research being presented at the conference. Also see a full press release on emerging diseases in fish.