July 25, 2011


FWC and Partners Continue to Monitor Birds for Avian Influenza

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Wildlife Services and partner agencies are wrapping up a five-year avian influenza monitoring project. The project was designed to determine if migratory birds carried the Asian strain of the highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) virus to the U.S. All samples collected by the FWC and other state partners tested negative for any highly pathogenic strains.

Biologists started the project in 2006 in an effort to rapidly detect and quickly respond should a highly pathogenic strain reach the U.S. There have been no reported cases of avian influenza in humans in the United States but a number of people in other countries became sick or died from that virus after extensive, direct contact with infected poultry. The USDA and its partners collected more than 450,000 samples nationwide, including 5,200 plus samples from Florida.

In Florida, much of the success of this project came from the voluntary participation of duck hunters who allowed biologists to sample the birds they harvested.

Wakulla - www.wakulla.com
21 Jul 2011
Location: Florida, USA

Oil spill endangers lake's wildlife

An oil spill at a lake in Stratton has raised fears for the safety of the wildlife there.

On Tuesday morning, people visiting Claridges Lake, off Swindon Road, were shocked to see thick black oil on the surface of the water.It could also be seen on the banks of the lake and the surrounding rocks and trees.

It is thought an oil barrel which was found dumped near the lake was the cause of the damage.... called the environment agency on Tuesday and was passed on to Swindon Council, which is responsible for the lake.

He said the fish were struggling to breathe and the ducks were covered in oil.

Swindon Advertiser - www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk
22 Jul 2011
M Edwards
Location: Swindon United Kingdom - Map It

[Mortality among terns reminiscent of botulism]
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Bird experts have started an investigation into the sudden deaths among the colony of common terns on the island Sterne in the eastern breakwater in Zeebrugge.

... According to ornithologists,... it was obvious symptoms of the disease or whose blue botulism.

PZC - www.pzc.nl
21 Jul 2011
Photo courtesy of PZC
Location: Zeebrugge, Belgium - Map It

Dolphins' 'Remarkable' Recovery from Injury Offers Important Insights for Human Healing

A Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) scientist who has previously discovered antimicrobial compounds in the skin of frogs and in the dogfish shark has now turned his attention to the remarkable wound healing abilities of dolphins.

A dolphin's ability to heal quickly from a shark bite with apparent indifference to pain, resistance to infection, hemorrhage protection, and near-restoration of normal body contour might provide insights for the care of human injuries, says Michael Zasloff, M.D., Ph.D.

Science Daily - www.sciencedaily.com
21 Jul 2011
Photo courtesy of Science Daily

Cited Journal Article
Michael Zasloff. Observations on the Remarkable (and Mysterious) Wound-Healing Process of the Bottlenose Dolphin. Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2011; DOI: 10.1038/jid.2011.220

Photo courtesy of The Guardian, Week in Wildlife

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