December 1, 2009


Drought kills tonnes of Amazon fish
Reuters -
G Cooper
27 Nov 2009
Image courtesy of Reuters

Location: Brazil - Map It

Tonnes of dead fish are washed up on the banks of a Brazilian river after high temperatures and drought in the Amazon.

CSU launches new study on chronic wasting disease
North Forty News -
25 Nov 2009
SC Johnson

Livermore deer are in the sights of Tom Hobbs and his research team, who want to follow the animals' movements for five years.

The Colorado State University scientist and a strong phalanx of research assistants are armed with a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation. Their goal is to fill in the gaps in the existing knowledge of chronic wasting disease affecting deer, elk, moose, caribou and reindeer.

. . . The primary purpose of the study is to develop a predictive model that represents how the disease spreads. Included in this will be details of the mechanism of transmission, research on how an individual's genetic makeup relates to risk of infection and efforts to determine how many susceptible individuals are infected by a single one.

Other Chronic Wasting Disease

Aussie fish to have check up
Science Alert -
01 Dec 2009
Photo courtesy of iStockphoto

A new study will find out how healthy Australia's freshwater fish populations are, a problem that could lead to an increase in mosquito-born diseases.

Native freshwater fish in habitats over 700,000 square kilometres from Busselton to Geraldton to Northam will be surveyed for the first time by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Department of Fisheries.

The massive survey, which includes species listed as critically endangered and vulnerable to extinction, will determine if there is a serious large-scale decline in freshwater fish biodiversity in WA, as research suggests.

Other Fish News

“Extreme” Fungus Found - A Clue to World Frog Declines?
Eco World -
26 Nov 2009
M Ricciardi

. . . Results of a recent study conducted by amphibian experts (Longcore et al, reported in this month’s The Scientist), found chytrid fungi, surprisingly, “dominating” high-altitude, wet soils. Many species of the fungus were found in locations with little organic matter (something that frogs generally need). However, the BD fungus–believed to be the lead culprit in global frog declines–was not found amongst any of the sampled habitats. This absence of the frog-killing pathogen was of equal surprise to the researchers, perhaps even a disappointment, but nevertheless, the strong presence of a related fungal species offered an important clue to its widespread appearance in other extreme environs.

Other Frog News


  1. Snake spits out new species of chameleon at scientist's feet
  2. Could CWD at landfill pose a future threat?
  3. NEW SPECIES PICTURES: Deep-Sea "Jumbo Dumbo," More
  4. U.S. makes big push to prevent global pandemic
  5. Shooting called answer to deer disease
  6. Rare crocs found hiding in plain sight in Cambodia
  7. Disease may play role in quail decline
  8. Hawai'i turtles recovering from severe tumor disease
  9. New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide [from USGS National Wildlife Health Center]
  10. Whooping cranes on the way

  1. National Wildlife Health Center / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Medical Alert Wallet Card [printable card]
  2. Avian Zoonotic Diseases: Work Smart, Stay Safe [online training webinar]
  3. Zoonotic Diseases (Mammalian): Work Smart, Stay Safe [online training webinar]
  4. The economic crisis and infectious disease control [Eurosurveillance]
  5. Google Trends: A Web‐Based Tool for Real‐Time Surveillance of Disease Outbreaks

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