Fungus deadly to bats found in Alabama cave
White-nose syndrome, which has devastated bat populations in the Northeastern United States, has been detected in wintering populations of bats in Alabama's Russell Cave.
In early March surveyors found infected tri-colored bats in the Northeast Alabama cave complex. This is the first evidence of the deadly fungus in Alabama.
Alabama Live - blog.al.com
14 Mar 2012
Location: Russell Cave National Monument, Alabama, USA - Map It
More White-nose Syndrome
Northern Michigan seeing more cases of canine distemper in gray foxes, says DNR official
The mild winter has not only wreaked havoc with winter sports -- it's to blame for increased cases of canine distemper in gray foxes, said Katie Keen, wildlife outreach technician with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
... Seven counties across Northern Michigan, including Charlevoix County, have reported cases of gray foxes infected with the disease, said Keen. The virus causes respiratory and intestinal problems, such as coughing, diarrhea, vomiting, or discharge from the nose and eyes.
... But while the cases have increased, Remsberg said they are still rare. However, he encourages people to exercise caution if they see animals acting out of the ordinary.
Petoskey News - www.petoskeynews.com
15 Mar 2012
Location:Charlevoix Cty., Michigan, USA - Map It
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH NEWS STORIES
- Haldimand seeing outbreak of distemper in raccoons [Haldimand, Ontario, Canada - Map It ]
- APNewsBreak: Isle Royale wolves may go extinct [Michigan, USA]
- Necropsy of L-112 performed, can be viewed online [Killer Whale] [View past story on the Digest's Disease News Map here][Washington, USA]
- Dolphins found dead on Powderhorn Beach [Matagorda Bay, Texas USA - Map It]
Prion Disease News
- Deadly deer disease not found [Ohio, USA]
- Mad rabbit disease [The Biogune research centre has shown that rabbits, which were previously thought to be resistant to prion diseases, can also develop such infections.]
- Rabies Outbreak in New Mexico threatens livestock [New Mexico, USA]
- Uptick of Rabies Cases Increases Importance of Vaccinations [Health Department officials now say they're seeing epidemic levels of the disease in wild animals.] [Pittsylvania Cty, Virginia, USA]