USGS 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.
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The Wildlife Disease Diagnostic Laboratories Branch of the 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.
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...
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