December 8, 2009


AI task force monitor 3 migratory bird species in Malasi Lake
Philippine Information Agency Daily News Reader -
2009 Dec 07

Location: Cabagan, Isabela, Philippine

After three months of monitoring the lakes in Region 2, the Avian Influenza (AI) Task Force saw three species of migratory birds in Malasi Lake, here.

During the first monitoring of the task force last August, no birds were found in the lake but now thousands of birds already flocked to the area.

... The veterinary doctors of the Department of Agriculture Livestock Division have cleared that there were no signs that the birds are carriers of Avian Influenza virus but they have to continue monitoring the lake to ensure that there will be no AI carriers among the migratory birds.

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Biodiversity Loss Can Increase Infectious Diseases in Humans
Science Daily -
06 Dec 2009

The extinction of plant and animal species can be likened to emptying a museum of its collection, or dumping a cabinet full of potential medicines into the trash, or replacing every local cuisine with McDonald's burgers.

But the decline of species and their habitats may not just make the world boring. New research now suggests it may also put you at greater risk for catching some nasty disease.

"Habitat destruction and biodiversity loss," -- driven by the replacement of local species by exotic ones, deforestation, global transportation, encroaching cities, and other environmental changes -- "can increase the incidence and distribution of infectious diseases in humans," write University of Vermont biologist Joe Roman, EPA scientist Montira Pongsiri, and seven co-authors in BioScience.

List of 'unsung' wildlife affected by climate change released [press release]
EurekAlert -
07 Dec 2009
Wildlife Conservation Society

The Wildlife Conservation Society today released a list of animals facing new impacts by climate change, some in strange and unexpected ways.

In a new report titled "Species Feeling the Heat: Connecting Deforestation and Climate Change," the Wildlife Conservation Society profiles more than a dozen animal species and groups that are facing threats due to climate change impacts including: changing land and sea temperatures; shifting rain patterns; exposure to new pathogens and disease; and increased threats of predation.

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Canadian Cooperative Wildlife Health Centre (CCWHC) Newsletter - Spring/Summer 2009
Volume 14, Number 1 [free full text available][view online]

Zoonotic Risk for Influenza A (H5N1) Infection in Wild Swan Feathers
J Vet Med Sci. 2009 Nov;71(11):1549-51.
Y Yamamoto et al.

Bioaccumulation and transport of contaminants: migrating sockeye salmon as vectors of mercury
Environ Sci Technol. 2009 Dec 1;43(23):8840-6.
MR Baker et al.

Predators indirectly control vector-borne disease: linking predator-prey and host-pathogen models

J R Soc Interface. 2010 Jan 6;7(42):161-76. Epub 2009 May 27.
SM Moore et al.