Patuxent Wildlife Research Center

Wildlife Disease

Wildlife diseases are an important stressor for some species of management concern and in some cases can be of human health or significant economic concern as well.  Patuxent scientists work on a range of wildlife diseases (avian influenza, Lyme disease, and others) to understand the role that various species and the environment play.

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Date published: April 9, 2018
Status: Active

Avian Influenza

Avian influenza outbreaks can result in significant economic loss, as in 2014-2015 when the Congressional Research Service estimated losses of $3.3 billion dollars from the death and culling of domestic poultry due to an outbreak of this disease.  Patuxent’s avian influenza research seeks to answer such questions as “How far can a bird carrying this virus travel?” and “What influences the...

Date published: April 5, 2018
Status: Active

Other Wildlife Diseases

Wildlife diseases are an important stressor to some wildlife species. Patuxent scientists work with birds and amphibians to understand how diseases affect their populations. Our scientists are at work on a broad range of questions to understand wildlife disease.  Our research is working to answer questions like “How might differences in tick behavior influence the risk of Lyme disease for...