September 12, 2007

Disease Detected in Deer
The Marietta Times -
12 Sep 2007
B Bauer

Wildlife officials suspect a virus is killing deer herds in southeastern Ohio, including a number in Washington County. Most livestock will not be affected by the lethal strain, but some precautions are being encouraged. In isolated areas, more than half of all deer could die, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.The potential local outbreak is being reported in Warren Township, where at least 100 deer have been found dead since the end of August.

Mike Tonkovich, a wildlife biologist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife, said the virus epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD) is suspected of being passed through the deer herd by sand midges, which are small biting insects sometimes referred to as “no-see-ums.” “This is actually a very common disease in southern states, but uncommon in the Midwest,” Tonkovich said. “In deer herds in the South, this does nothing. But our deer don’t have any immunity. Locally, die-offs could be significant.”

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Britain Confirms Foot-And-Mouth Case
12 Sep 2007
T Wagner

British authorities confirmed the discovery of foot-and-mouth disease Wednesday at a farm on the outskirts of London, sparking concerns of another outbreak only days after the government said the highly contagious virus had been eradicated from the area. The disease was found on a farm in Surrey, a county that borders London, Britain's chief veterinary officer Debby Reynolds said. The strain or origin of the disease has not been identified, she said.Cattle were being slaughtered on the farm, which is only 30 miles from the site of an earlier outbreak discovered in August.

"The situation remains uncertain, and I urge all animal keepers to be vigilant for signs of disease, practice stringent biosecurity measures, including the movement ban and licensing conditions," Reynolds said. The British Broadcasting Corp. reported that a second suspected case of the disease was being investigated in Scotland. Officials were not immediately available to comment on the report.

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National Wildlife Health Center – Foot and Mouth Disease

Roadkill Appeal to Help Wildlife
BBC News
12 Sep 2007

Drivers in Cumbria are being urged to report the bodies of dead otters to help a project monitoring the health of wildlife in England and Wales. The roadkill is collected by the Environment Agency and sent to Cardiff University for a post-mortem to assess its quality of life before death.

A spokeswoman for the agency said the examinations were useful in assessing the impact of pesticides on wildlife. The study has already revealed that the otter population is increasing. Gail Buttrill, of the Environment Agency, said more than 1,000 dead otters had been examined at the university during a 15-year period.



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