March 8, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


2 birds test postive for H5 virus in HK

Preliminary testing of the carcasses of a black-headed gull and a peregrine falcon found in Hong Kong have returned a positive result for the H5 avian influenza virus, a spokesman for the city's Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said Tuesday, adding that further confirmatory tests are being conducted.

According to the spokesman, the black-headed gull was collected at Castle Peak Power Station Plant B, Tuen Mun on March 2, while the peregrine falcon was found at Kam Kwai House, Kam Fung Court, Ma On Shan on March 3.

The black-headed gull is a common winter visitor to Hong Kong, while the peregrine falcon is a rare winter visitor.

English -
06 March 2012
Location: Hong Kong, China - Map It

More Avian Influenza News

Viral disease kills 150 birds at Jallo park

... on Tuesday that some 150 birds had died so far at Jallo Wildlife Park due to a viral disease called newcastle.

... The official said healthy birds had been separated from the affected ones and the Lahore region office director had been transferred to Jallo Wildlife Park.

On the other hand, an official at Jallo Wildlife Park said about 190 birds had been killed by the disease. The official said about 20 birds died on Tuesday alone. This disease hit the park around Feb 22, but it became severe from Feb 29, the official said. Affected birds were being given supportive medicines, he added. -
07 Mar 2012
S Ahmed
Location - Punjab, Pakistan - Map It

Jam butties could cure killer disease affecting Birmingham foxes

It's the unlikely cure for a killer disease sweeping Birmingham – JAM BUTTIES. Residents are being urged to put out a sweet remedy to save the city’s urban foxes. They’ve been called on to make jam sandwiches for them.

The plea come from wildlife expert Peter Jarvis, who is concerned by the impact that mange – a disease that causes fur to fall out in clumps – is having on the fox population. Without help, a mange-riddled fox will die within four months.

... locals can play their part by putting out food rich in vitamins essential in the fight against mange, which is caused by a parasitic mite.

Sunday Mercury -
M Lockley
04 Mar 2012
Location: Birmingham, United Kingdom - Map It

How World's Smallest DNA Virus Evolved in Rare Parakeets

A University of Kent-led team of scientists has gained new insight into a rare virus that is threatening to wipe out the Mauritius parakeet -- one of the world's most endangered species of parrot.

The Mauritius parakeet was saved from the brink of extinction 30 years ago, thanks to the work of an international team of conservationists, including scientists from Kent. Now an outbreak of deadly Beak and Feather Disease is once again raising the spectre of extinction.

But a team led by Dr Jim Groombridge, of the University's Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), has been able to make use of its archive of DNA samples from Mauritius parakeets, built up over many years, to identify how the world's smallest DNA circoviruses have evolved to cause the spread of the disease.

Science Daily -
06 Mar 2012

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