August 29, 2011

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


[Mysterious death of fish]
(Translation disclaimer)

Since the beginning of August in the dying wolf in Oberwolfach fish. The cause is not yet clarified and the fishermen completely enigmatic. Meanwhile, the fish kill extended to a length of several kilometers in area Oberwolfach-Kirche/Oberwolfach-Walke

Initially affected only grayling and trout, but now it has already caught other fish species. The fish kill is now shifting ever further upstream.

The industrial monitoring and environmental protection of the police station, police Offenburg determined since the beginning of the first fish kill. Together with officials from the police station several Haslacher water and fish samples were taken. The samples are being examined in the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office in Freiburg. Fish diseases were not previously detected in the samples, the toxicological investigation is still ongoing.

Baden Online -
25 Aug 2011
Location: Oberwolfach, Germany - Map It


Tests show minimum contamination on Yellowstone fish

Lab tests done on fish in the Yellowstone River near the July 1st pipeline rupture show no detectible petroleum in consumable tissues.

Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks officials say traces of petroleum hydrocarbons were found in reproductive and digestive organs of the fish, leaving some questions about the long-term health effects.

Since the July 1 spill, varying quantities of crude oil has been detected on the river's bed, shores, and islands downstream as far as the Yellowstone's confluence with the Bighorn River near Custer.

Testing was done on long-nose suckers, rainbow trout and small mouth bass between Laurel and Billings and below the Huntley Diversion Dam.

KAJ 18 -
26 Aug 2011
Location: Yellowstone, Montana, USA

Other Fish Health News
State biologists give Blue River fish a checkup


Swimming in dark waters: Researchers study a deadly pathogen’s move to the Pacific [Phocine distemper virus (PDV)]

On any given day you can be sure that there are at least a dozen people lined up to see two of the best attractions at any zoo: the sea otters and sea lions. Kids run back and forth in front of the animals’ glass enclosures to encourage the hopelessly cute animals to follow them.

For most travelers to Alaska, wild sea otters and sea lions are also a not-to-be-missed attraction. But with pollution, oil spills and infectious disease significantly affecting some marine populations, that could change. That’s why Morris Animal Foundation is supporting Drs. Tracey Goldstein and Jonna Mazet from the University of California–Davis in their efforts to track a deadly disease that is potentially threatening these animals.

Phocine distemper virus (PDV) is a pathogen that affects seals and causes lethargy, fever and even death in infected animals. The disease poses no health risk to humans, but the illness is related to canine distemper in dogs.

Morris Animal Foundation -
23 Aug 2011
K Weir


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