October 26, 2010


Wildlife Health Reporting Tools May Help Prevent Human Illness

Two new tools that enable the public to report sick or dead wild animals could also lead to the detection and containment of wildlife disease outbreaks that may pose a health risk to people.

The Wildlife Health Event Reporter (WHER) is a new website that enables anyone with an Internet connection to report sightings of sick or dead wildlife.

HealthMap.org has enhanced its mobile phone application “Outbreaks Near Me” to accept and relay wildlife health reports to the WHER site. The application continues to accept reports of human illness.

USGS Newsroom - www.usgs.gov
25 Oct 2010

Have you seen any dead or sick wild animals?  Report them here.

Download the mobile phone application "Outbreaks Near Me" here.

New Virus 'Jumps' From Monkey to Scientist, Causing Serious Illness

A never-before detected strain of virus that killed more than one-third of a monkey colony at a U.S. lab appears to have 'jumped' from the animals to sicken a human scientist, researchers report.

Although it's an unusual move for that type of virus and does warrant further monitoring, the researchers stress there is no cause for alarm at this time.

There is no evidence the virus has spread beyond the single scientist -- who recovered from her illness -- nor is there even proof that the virus would be transmissible between humans.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek - www.businessweek.com
22 Oct 2010
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Bangladesh bans farm drug to save vultures

Bangladesh on Monday banned a cattle medicine that has been blamed for the rapid fall in vulture numbers across South Asia due to the birds eating livestock carcasses.

The vulture population in Bangladesh has declined from more than 50,000 three years ago to just 2,000 today, according to government figures.

Scientists have put much of the blame on diclofenac, a drug used to treat colic in cattle but which causes a deadly kidney ailment in vultures known as visceral gout.

Google News - www.google.com (Source: AFP)
25 Oct 2010

Photo credit: Paul Hobson/BBC Wildlife Magazine