September 12, 2011

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) Confirmed As Cause of Death in Rockland County Deer

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has confirmed that approximately 100 white-tailed deer found dead in the Town of Clarkstown, Rockland County, over the last two weeks were killed by Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD). EHD is a viral disease of white-tailed deer that is transmitted by the biting midge in the family Culicoides. The EHD virus does not infect humans and humans are not at risk by being bitten by the infected midge also known as a no-see-um or punkie.

DEC wildlife biologists collected a sampling of deer carcasses in Rockland County and submitted them to the Fish and Wildlife Health Unit for necropsy. Tissue samples were then sent to the Animal Health Diagnostic Center at Cornell University and the National Veterinary Services Laboratory where the diagnosis of EHD was identified.

The EHD virus was last confirmed in New York in 2007 in Albany and Niagara Counties. EHD outbreaks are most common in the late summer and early fall when the midges are abundant.

ReadMe -
07 Sept 2011
Location: Clarkstown, New York, USA - Map It


Other EHD News
Sick and dying deer reported in Hunterdon, Somerset, Mercer, Morris and Union counties (Union - Map It, Morris - Map It, Mercer - Map It, Hunterdon - Map It, Somerset - Map It)

[Residents are concerned about the massive loss of Barnaul pigeons]
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Barnaul bloggers are actively debating a massive die-offs of urban birds. User Learn nick den_lenin August 24 published a report: "Fellow citizens, what's going on? Some kind uncle of the city scattered dead pigeons, or what? Or what? Ease them? Wherever you spit - lying or trunk, or goner through time breathing. "

Dead pigeons seen in a small grove at the Pavlovsk tract at the intersection of Shukshin and Isakov, a carcass found in the yards and homes. Motorists say that living individuals behave inactive: "Even in the courts, where the creep at the car just barely, they have to honk."

… August 29 were taken repeated three samples of river water Bie, and Sarakokshe Karakokshe and a soil sample near the village of Karakoksha. Samples were sent to the Center for Hygiene and Epidemiology in the Altai region - told RIA "Novosti" chief medical officer of the Altai Republic, Leonid Shchuchin. - Results of the tests are still negative. The background radiation also does not exceed the permissible values.

Altapress -
09 Sept 2011
Location: Barnaul, Russia - Map It


[Dead blackbirds: Experts suspect virus]
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Conservationists and bird lovers are concerned. In the Rhine-Neckar region were found dead blackbirds strengthened. When the mosquito experts KABS (Local Action Group to fight mosquitoes plague) in Forest Lake is suspected as the cause of an African virus. "One of our staff was able to prove in the African mosquitoes in our room Usutu virus," says Norbert Becker, Scientific Director of KABS. Even if it is only single finds, it is conceivable that infected mosquitoes have transmitted the virus to birds. Already in the years 2001 and 2002 there had been in Austria for a blackbird increased by the Usutu virus die. In Italy and Hungary, there have been minor outbreaks of bird disease, especially when the blackbirds is often fatal. For people to the virus, however, be relatively harmless, says Becker. Only in rare cases there might be a slight fever.

Wormser Zeitung -
09 Sept 2011
Location: Rhein-Neckar Raum, Germany - Map It


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