February 3, 2011


Tactics analyzed in fighting remaining brucellosis infections

New federal rules for responding to brucellosis outbreaks are intended to increase flexibility and decrease impacts on livestock owners and government agencies.

An interim rule published Dec. 27 by the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and effective that day will also reduce brucellosis control requirements for most states while allowing them to maintain the highest status and lowest level of restrictions related to the bacterial disease.

JAVMA News - www.avma.org
20 Jan 2011

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Trumpeter swans poisoned on Olympic Peninsula

Majestic trumpeter swans are dying of lead poisoning in unusually high numbers, the Northwest Raptor & Wildlife Center, a Sequim-based wildlife rescue and rehabilitation organization reported Wednesday.

"We have personally treated at least six cases of fatal lead poisoning in Olympic Peninsula trumpeter swans just this winter, which is likely only a fraction of the number of poisoning cases in the wild," said Matthew Randazzo of the Center.

"All of these swans were shown to have ingested lead ammunition, which is poisonous across a wide range of species.

Seattle PI Blogs - blog.seattlepi.com
02 Feb 2011
J Connelly
Location: Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA - Map It

Arctic Mercury Mystery: Meterological Conditions in the Spring and Summer to Blame?

More mercury is deposited in the Arctic than anywhere else on the planet.

Researchers from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) think that one explanation for this may lie in the meteorological conditions in the Arctic spring and summer.

The concentration of mercury in humans and animals that live in polar regions is on the increase.

ScienceDaily - www.sciencedaily.com
02 Feb 2011
Photo credit: Jenny Bytingsvik, NTNU

Theory About Mammals and Fungus Explains Bat Plague

Hibernating bats, fungal infections, warm-bodied mammals, the mass extinction of the dinosaurs – one controversial theory from 2005 connects them all.

White-nose syndrome, the disease now believed to have killed around a million North American bats, confounded scientists after it was first documented in 2006.

In a sense it was merely a sort of athlete's foot: a fungal infection that attacked the skin.

Live Science - www.livescience.com
02 Feb 2011
W Parry
Photo credit: Nancy Heaslip, NY DEC

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