July 26, 2010


Correction: The original news report, Scientists Counter Brucellosis Threat to Livestock and Wildlife, which appeared in the July 19 News Digest, was published on the USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) News & Events webpage on 7/15. On the following day, 7/16, the article introduction was amended as acknowledged by ARS.

“Agricultural Research Service realized after the story was posted that the location of the work was misstated in our original story, and that we have corrected the online version and regret the error.”
Unfortunately, the News Digest, along with other media outlets, picked up and circulated the article prior to the text correction. See below for an excerpt and link to the amended article.

For more information on this topic, read the Yellowstone National Park news release from May 28, 2010, http://www.nps.gov/yell/parknews/10039.htm. In addition, a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) which looks at vaccinating bison against brucellosis can be found here for public comment.

Thank you,
The WDIN Team

Scientists Counter Brucellosis Threat to Livestock and Wildlife

Armed with dart guns and medical pellets, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists are vaccinating bison at the ARS National Animal Disease Center (NADC) in Ames, Iowa, in support of Yellowstone National Park activities to combat brucellosis in bison.

The researchers are using a vaccine known as RB51. By vaccinating the bison, scientists hope to prevent the disease from spreading to livestock. Currently, no cattle herds in the U.S. are known to be infected, although some near Yellowstone have tested positive in the last decade, with elk being the suspected source.

U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service - www.ars.usda.gov
15 July 2010 (Updated 16 July 2010)
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Photo courtesy of the National Park Service

Hundreds of Dead Penguins Wash Up in Brazil

Hundreds of penguins that apparently starved to death are washing up on the beaches of Brazil, worrying scientists who are still investigating what's causing them to die.

About 500 of the black-and-white birds have been found just in the last 10 days on Peruibe, Praia Grande and Itanhaem beaches in Sao Paulo state, said Thiago do Nascimento, a biologist at the Peruibe Aquarium.

Most were Magellan penguins migrating north from Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands in search of food in warmer waters.

National Public Radio - www.npr.org [Source: Associated Press]
20 July 2010
Photo credit: Aquario Municipal de Peruibe
Location: Sao Paolo, Brazil - Peruibe - Map It , Praia Grande - Map It , and Itanhaem - Map It

Reported number of bird deaths grow on Gulf Coast

The number of dead birds collected on the Gulf Coast has more than doubled in the past month as oil from BP's broken deepwater well continues to wash up on islands and beaches rich in bird colonies.

Officials say 2,599 dead birds had been collected on the Gulf Coast as of Thursday.

. . . The number of other dead animals being reported by officials has not climbed as steeply.

Google News - www.google.com/hostednews [Source: Associated Press]
22 July 2010
Location: United States - Map It


  1. Animal Autopsies in Gulf Yield a Mystery
  2. Prozac Pollution Making Shrimp Reckless
  3. Scientists Counter Brucellosis Threat to Livestock and Wildlife
  4. The Mississippi not a barrier to deer disease
  5. Scientists say fishing gear killed right whale found off Cape May
  6. Whither the Pangolin? Wildlife Smuggling Alive and Well in Asia
  7. Bison death toll up to 37 in anthrax outbreak
  8. "Miraculous" Fish Thrive Amid Jellyfish Swarm, Toxic Mud
  9. Dead carp washing up at Spokane-area lake

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  2. The landscape genetics of infectious disease emergence and spread
  3. Surveillance for highly pathogenic avian influenza in wild birds in the USA
  4. Management of infectious wildlife diseases: bridging conventional and bioeconomic approaches

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