August 23, 2010


One in three greenfinches killed by pigeon disease

One third of the greenfinch population in parts of England were killed off within a year of the emergence of a new disease, according to a new study.

Numbers of the popular garden bird declined rapidly after trichomonosis, normally associated with pigeons, began to affect finches in 2005. Other birds such as the chaffinch, whose numbers fell by a fifth in some places, were also affected.

The study, carried out by scientists from the Garden Bird Health initiative, found that outbreaks of the disease have continued to occur each year since its emergence in 2005. -
19 Aug 2010
B Leach
Location: England, United Kingdom - Map It

Cited Journal Article
Robinson RA, Lawson B, Toms MP, Peck KM, Kirkwood JK, et al. (2010) Emerging Infectious Disease Leads to Rapid Population Declines of Common British Birds. PLoS ONE 5(8): e12215.

Denver birds continue to die from botulism

A group that helps nurse birds back to life in Denver says they have had a very busy summer with an outbreak of avian botulism.

Workers at the Wild B.I.R.D. Rehab center say avian botulism has killed more than 90 birds at their center alone after people have brought them in from City Park.

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22 Aug 2010
C Dickinson and M Flener
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Virus Kills Deer Near Timberhill

A virus found in deer in a Corvallis neighborhood may be the cause of death of as many as 20 black-tailed deer within the past month. Residents in the area say they're worried that the animals they've grown so accustomed to seeing, are all going to die off.

...The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife along with veterinarians from OSU confirmed the Adenovirus Hemorrhagic Disease (AHD) killed two deer recovered in the Timberhill area of Corvallis.

KEZI 9 ABC News -
20 Aug 2010
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Location: Oregon, USA - Map It

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Avian Influenza Virus May Persist on Feathers Fallen from Domestic Ducks

Highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) may persist on feathers fallen from the bodies of infected domestic ducks and contribute to environmental contamination. Researchers from the National Institute of Animal Health, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan report their findings in the August 2010 issue of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology.

Science Daily -
22 Aug 2010

Journal Article Cited
Yamamoto et al. Persistence of Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1) in Feathers Detached from Bodies of Infected Domestic Ducks. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 2010; 76 (16): 5496

How Corals Fight Back

Australian researchers are a step closer to understanding the rapid decline of our coral reefs, thanks to a breakthrough study linking coral immunity with its susceptibility to bleaching and disease.

"Understanding the immune system of reef-building corals will help to reduce the impact of coral diseases and environmental stresses," says Caroline Palmer, lead author of the publication. "Potentially, this will enable us to more accurately predict the vulnerability of coral reefs to disease and bleaching, before there are obvious signs of stress."

Science Daily -
18 Aug 2010

Cited Journal Article
Palmer et al. Levels of immunity parameters underpin bleaching and disease susceptibility of reef corals. The FASEB Journal, 2010; 24 (6): 1935

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