January 30, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Goose carcass found in Sham Tseng tests positive for H5N1 virus

A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (January 26) that a goose carcass found in Sham Tseng was confirmed to be H5N1 positive after laboratory testing.

The goose carcass was found and collected at Anglers' Beach, 13 milestone, Castle Peak Road, Sham Tseng, on January 20. It was highly decomposed when found and required a series of tests before H5N1 avian influenza was confirmed today.

7th Space Interactive - 7thspace.com
26 Jan 2012
Sham Tseng, Hong Kong - Map It

More Avian Influenza News

>>> Call for vigilance after H5N1 found in goose [The goose the sixth bird found with the virus this winter. The five others - three black-headed gulls, a little egret and an oriental magpie - were found in Tin Shui Wai, Yuen Lung, Tuen Mun and on Lantau]

>>> Bird fecal tests negative for H5N1 [Phuentsholing, Bhutan][View past stories on crow mortalities in India and Bangladesh on Digest's News Map]

New study shows prions able to jump between species more easily than thought

A group of French researchers has found that prions are more easily able to jump between species than has been previously thought.

In their paper published in Science, they show that prions from other species, implanted in the brains of mice showed up in other organs after a period of time, suggesting that brain autopsies are not sufficient to detect the presence of the disease. British neurology researcher John Collinge has also published a perspective on the topic in the same journal.

PhyOrg.com - www.physorg.com
27 Jan 2012
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Cited Journal Articles
Facilitated Cross-Species Transmission of Prions in Extraneural Tissue. Science. 2012 Jan 27: 335 (6067): 472-475. DOI:10.1126/science.1215659

The Risk of Prion Zoonoses. Science. 2012 Jan 27; 335(6067): 411-413. DOI:10.1126/science.1218167

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