July 12, 2010


Two dead birds found infected with W. Nile virus

Two dead birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Yolo County.

The Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District reported that the birds, one from Woodland and the other from West Sacramento, are the first signs of the virus this year in Yolo County.

Nine dead birds and 18 mosquito samples have tested positive for the virus in Sacramento County so far this year.

The Modesto Bee - www.modbee.com 09 July 2010 C Locke Location: California, USA - Woodland - Map It ; West Sacramento - Map It

Puffin colony recovers after mystery crash in numbers

England's biggest puffin colony is bouncing back after numbers of breeding pairs tumbled in the last major survey, the National Trust said today.

Puffin numbers on the Farne Islands were down by 30% in the last five-yearly survey conducted in 2008, a fall that was mirrored elsewhere in the UK.

Small surveys conducted by wardens on the islands off the coast of Northumbria suggest the birds' numbers have risen by 5% in each of the past two years, but researchers say they do not know what caused the last crash – and another is possible.

The Guardian - www.guardian.co.uk
08 July 2010
Photo credit: M MacLeod

Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death. This information was updated on July 7, 2010 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide. Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
07 July 2010
Area: United States


  1. In the Spotlight – Sustaining Global Surveillance and Response to Emerging Zoonotic Diseases: A Report [News Digest Post]
  2. Threatened whale sharks seen in Gulf oil spill
  3. Aw nuts: Plan to save endangered squirrels scuttled as too expensive
  4. Ukraine's Bison on the Brink of Extinction
  5. State Agencies Issue Anthrax Advisory
  6. Of Moose and Men: 50-Year Study Into Moose Arthritis Reveals Link With Early Malnutrition
  7. Parasite likely cause of Texas dove die-offs
  8. Devil breeding centre opens at zoo
  9. Cayman's reefs threatened by disease

  1. Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine - June 2010
  2. Avian biology, the human influence on global avian influenza transmission, and performing surveillance in wild birds
  3. Pathocenosis: A Holistic Approach to Disease Ecology
  4. Mapping the risk of avian influenza in wild birds in the US

Photo credit: D Shale/University of Aberdeen/PA

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