January 8, 2010

In the Spotlight - Australian Wildlife Health Network

Australian Wildlife Health Network: A Nationally Integrated Wildlife Health System for Australia

The Australian Wildlife Health Network (AWHN: the Network) is a national initiative of the Commonwealth Government. Its mission is to promote and facilitate collaborative links across Australia in the investigation and management of wildlife health in support of human and animal health, biodiversity and trade. Its vision is for a nationally integrated wildlife health system for Australia.

The AWHN web site provides a number of interesting resources including a searchable pathology database called the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health. Its records can be browsed by common disease names or by interesting cases. A directory of experts is also available. Other notable content includes the Disease Incident Reports section, which lists out summary information on select past disease events that occurred in Australia, along with fact sheets on Australian wildlife health conditions and a searchable bibliography. Members have access to the Wildlife Health Information System (WHIS) for disease surveillance data.

What Essential Resource Should Every Wildlife Professional Know About?

Know of a invaluable resource (e.g. manual, website, online database) that every wildlife professional should be aware of? Send the title and a link (if available) of this indispensable resource to us at wdin@usgs.gov and we will share it with your colleagues on the Digest. In a less-than-two-minute email you can pass on your knowledge and help a fellow wildlife professional. Below you'll find some resources readers passed along.

Resources Shared

California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators [web site]

White-nose syndrome fungus (Geomyces destructans) in bat, France [journal article] [free full-text pdf available]
Emerg Infect Dis. 2010 Feb; [Epub ahead of print]
SJ Puechmaille et al.