National Wildlife Health Center

Disease Investigation Services

Learn about National Wildlife Health Center diagnostic and epidemiological services and access all required forms and instructions.

The entire wildlife disease and mortality investigatory process begins with the astute field biologist. Wildlife mortality events need to be discovered before they can be investigated; therefore, the local biologist forms a team with NWHC epidemiologists, pathologists, and laboratory diagnosticians in order to work in concert to successfully carry out a wildlife disease investigation.

Report mortality events and submit specimens

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Date published: July 1, 2019
Status: Active


WHISPers, the Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership - event reporting system, is a partner-driven, web-based repository for sharing basic information about historic and ongoing wildlife mortality (death) and/or morbidity (illness) events. The information, such as county-level locations, onset and ending dates, species affected, and...

Contacts: WHISPers Team
Date published: May 18, 2018
Status: Active

Report Mortality Events and Submit Specimens

Find all required forms, instructions, and guidelines for submitting specimens to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC).

Date published: March 29, 2018
Status: Active

Diagnostic Services

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) conducts laboratory investigations to determine the causes of wildlife mortality events, especially large-scale die-offs or those that are otherwise unusual.

Contacts: David S Blehert
Date published: February 1, 2018
Status: Active

Epidemiological Services

Professionals at the NWHC include wildlife biologists, veterinarians, statisticians, epidemiologists, and informatics specialists. This multidisciplinary group conducts investigations and disease ecology studies of emerging and recurring priority wildlife diseases, maintains and analyzes comprehensive information on wildlife disease events, and provides response and management consultation and...

Contacts: Katie Richgels
Date published: January 1, 2018
Status: Active

Surveillance and Special Project Forms and Instructions

Access forms and instructions for surveillance projects and other ongoing special projects.