November 11, 2010


Efforts fail to halt pneumonia outbreak in sheep

Wildlife officials will let a pneumonia outbreak run its course through a herd of bighorn sheep west of Anaconda after killing dozens of sick animals failed to keep the disease in check.

There are no known vaccines to prevent pneumonia in bighorn sheep, which is usually fatal for the animals, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks officials said Tuesday. Instead, wildlife officials kill sick sheep to prevent other animals from being exposed.

The agency has killed 44 bighorn sheep in the herd of about 300 animals west of Anaconda since confirming the pneumonia outbreak in August. But FWP officials say the outbreak has now spread beyond management control.

Billings Gazette - [Source: Associated Press]
09 Nov 2010
Location: Deer Lodge County, Montana, USA - Map It

Deadly Bat Illness Spreads

Populations of some bat species that traditionally hibernate in New York have declined more than 90 percent due to disease.

White Nose Syndrome (WNS), a condition linked to a large-scale bat die-off, has now been documented in 32 caves and mines in New York, according to a recently completed survey by the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC).

The disease was first discovered in some New York caves in winter 2006-07. This latest survey, conducted in early 2010 when bats were in hibernation, determined that the fungal disease has continued to spread.

My Fox New York -
10 Nov 2010

More White-nose Syndrome News

WDIN Highlights - October 2010
Volume 5, Issue 4

In this issue:
  • Main Article - Wildlife Disease Information Node: Activities Update/ pg. 1 - 2
  • Upcoming Wildlife Disease Related Events/ pg. 1
  • Spotlight on a Disease: White-nose Syndrome Resources Available through WDIN Website/ pg. 2
  • New Resources Added to the WDIN Website/ pg. 3
  • Subscriptions to the Wildlife Disease News Digest Continue to Increase/ pg. 3
  • News Digest Email and RSS Subscriber Statistics/ pg. 3

Photo credit: The Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

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