March 15, 2010


Chronic wasting disease detected in 1st Utah elk

The first case of chronic wasting disease (CWD) in an Utah elk has been confirmed by state wildlife officials.

Lymph nodes from 1,400 animals -- the bulk of them mule deer and elk, but also some moose -- were collected last fall during the hunting seasons.

. . . Five of the mule deer samples came back as positive for CWD, a fatal and transmissible neurological disease. One of the 300 elk samples also came back positive. None of the moose tests showed signs of CWD.

The Salt Lake Tribune -
11 March 2010
B Prettyman
Location: La Sal Mountains, Utah, USA Map It ; Juab County, Utah, USA - Map It

Desperate Efforts to Save Endangered Bats May Fail

A desperate attempt to keep endangered Virginia big-eared bats alive in captivity has shown just how difficult that noble task may be.

The effort was prompted by the discovery of White Nose Syndrome, an extremely virulent disease that has killed more than one million bats since 2007, in one of the handful of caves where Virginia big-eared bats live.

Of 40 bats moved to the Smithsonian National Zoo last November, just 11 have survived.

Wired Science -
12 March 2010
B Keim
Photo courtesy of Wired Science

International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
Atlanta, Georgia, USA; 11-14 July 2010

The conference brings together public health professionals to encourage the exchange of scientific and public health information on global emerging infectious disease issues. The program will include plenary and panel sessions with invited speakers as well as oral and poster presentations on emerging infections. Major topics to be included are current work on surveillance, epidemiology, research, communication and training, bioterrorism, and preventions and control of emerging infectious diseases, both in the United States and abroad.

Major subjects to be covered include:
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Bioterrorism and Preparedness
  • Foodborne and Waterborne Illnesses
  • Global Health
  • Molecular Diagnostics and Epidemiology
  • Nosocomial Infections
  • Socio-economic and Political Factors
  • Vectorborne Diseases
  • Zoonotic Diseases
Although the General Abstract Submission Deadline has passed, the deadline for Late Breaking topics is May 26.

Additional information is available at:


  1. Cancer Kills Many Sea Lions, and Its Cause Remains a Mystery
  2. Bats face many obstacles
  3. In the Spotlight: One Health Initiative will unite human and veterinary medicine
  4. Climate change will impact infectious diseases worldwide, but questions remain as to how
  5. Earth Hour [Climate Change Movement]
  6. World Veterinary Day to center on 'One World, One Health'
  7. Ten Kansas Deer Confirmed Positive in Chronic Wasting Disease Tests
  8. Unzipping Wildlife Genes: Genetics Revolutionize Conservation Research [USGS press release]
  9. The Week in Wildlife
  10. Biologists look for clues to bighorn sheep die-off

  1. Probable causes of increasing brucellosis in free-ranging elk of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
  2. USGS National Climate Change and Wildlife S cience Center: Final Report on Outreach & Recommendations [full report available] [pdf]
  3. What Makes a Prion Infectious?

Photo credit: L Robayo/AFP/Getty Images

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