Report Mortality Events and Submit Specimens

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

NWHC submissison criteria general guidelines

Before responding to a mortality event, wildlife professionals should first consult with NWHC epidemiologists and if applicable their respective Federal, State or Tribal natural resources agency wildlife health program to discuss response options. These wildlife disease experts can provide guidance on which specimens to collect, how to collect and best preserve specimens to maximize their diagnostic value, and the health risks and authorities needed (such as permits).

All submissions are managed on a case-by-case basis and must be submitted through, or in consultation with, an appropriate federal, state or tribal agency and the NWHC point of contact. Submissions from the public, rehabilitation facilities, universities, private or zoo veterinarians, diagnostic laboratories or other entities are not accepted without prior consultation with the NWHC and appropriate federal, state or tribal agency. If you are a private individual or entity with a mortality event to report, please contact your state department of natural resources or state agency of game and fish. A list of state and federal agencies can be found at fishwildlife.org.

    Reporting a mortality event and submitting specimens

    Step 1If your agency is involved in a wildlife mortality event, please contact the epidemiologist on duty at:

              (608) 270-2480, NWHC-epi@usgs.gov

    For events in Hawaii or the Pacific Islands, contact the NWHC Honolulu Field Station.

             (808) 792-9520, thierry_work@usgs.gov

    Step 2: Review Diagnostic Case Submission Guidelines.

    Step 3: Download the Wildlife Mortality Reporting and Diagnostic Services Request Worksheet and save it to your computer. (NOTE: The worksheet must be downloaded to your computer BEFORE you fill it out.)

    Step 4: Complete the worksheet.  Save the filled form as a PDF and email it to NWHC-epi@usgs.gov. This is required for each shipment.

    Step 5: Collect and ship specimens.  Instructions for Collection and Shipment of Specimens should be used for collecting and shipping wildlife carcasses, carcass parts, and samples extracted from animals to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) in Madison, Wisconsin, to ensure adequate and well preserved specimens.

    Forms and instructions for ongoing surveillance and special projects

    Access forms for surveillance projects and other special projects including white-nose syndrome surveillance, IBDC submissions, and more.

    Additional information on NWHC services

    View wildlife disease occurence data

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