May 19, 2010


Analysis of 215 wild carnivores in the Basque Country confirm existence of important pathogens

The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, is aware of the need to have a programme of health monitoring for wild species, in order to minimise the incidence of illnesses, some of which can be transmitted to humans and domestic animals.

. . . The analysis confirmed the presence of zoonotic pathogens at levels which were of little importance. Amongst the main infections detected, were salmonellosis, yersiniosis, leptospirosis, toxoplasmosis, bartonelosis, trichinellosis, coccidioidomicosis and mange.

. . . The role of badgers and foxes is notable for being the first choice for these monitoring studies, as they are both very common species, relatively abundant and highly susceptible to the zoonotic agents investigated. Their study has enabled identifying pathogenic agents not described to date in Spain, such as the fungus Coccidioides immitis and the bacteria Bartonella rochalimae, both transmissible to humans, as well as the discovery of a new species of Bartonella, that affects a large number of badgers.

Basque Research -
29 April 2010
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VHS No Longer Causing Huge Fish Die-Offs

Fishing and boating enthusiasts in the Great Lakes region can be proud and relieved that their actions since 2006 have helped to contain huge fish die-offs from the infectious disease Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia (VHS), according to U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) veterinarian Dr. Paul G. (Gary) Egrie.

“While this is good news, people still have to remain vigilant so that VHS, other fish diseases and invasive species are contained and controlled,” he adds.

The VHS pathogen was first discovered in 2006 in Lake St. Claire, in Michigan and caused significant deaths to some native fish species at that time.

PRWeb -
18 May 2010
Photo credit: P Bowser/Aquatic Animal Health Program, Cornell University

More Cases of White Nose Syndrome Discovered in Missouri

Last month, KSMU told you about a case of white nose syndrome in a bat in Pike County. The disease has killed more than one million bats in the northeastern United States since its discovery in 2006.

Now comes word that Missouri State University graduate students conducting bat research at a cave along the Current River in Shannon County have found more infected bats. Five endangered gray bats there tested positive for the disease.

Ozark National Scenic Riverways officials have closed all caves in the park to try to prevent the spread of white nose syndrome.

KSMU 91.1 FM -
17 May 2010
M Skalicky
Location: Shannon County, Missouri, USA - Map It

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Diseases and Medical Management of Houbara Bustards and Other Otididae - Announcement Release

Zoological Education Network is proud to announce the release of “Diseases and Medical Management of Houbara Bustards and Other Otididae” as a digital Adobe Acrobat PDF instant download file.

Some selected topics include:
  • Diets fed to bustards and bustard chicks in captivity
  • Clinical observations of changes in biochemistry values in bustards regarding:

    • Fatty liver disease and myopathy
    • Effects of management
    • Angular limb deformities

  • Principles of cytology and cytodiagnosis of common bustard diseases
  • Administration of medications to individual bustards and bustard flocks
  • Quarantine protocols
  • Rehabilitation techniques
  • Preventive medicine programs for breeding projects

Photo credit: T Laman/National Geographic

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