March 22, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


HK's House Crow Tested Positive for Bird Flu Virus

A preliminary testing of a dead house crow found in Hong Kong's Shek Kip Mei area has tested positive for the H5 avian influenza virus, the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region government said ....

The Poultry Site -
19 Mar 2012 
Location: New Kowloon, Hong Kong - Map It   

More birds found with high levels of mercury

Scientists are finding more Great Lakes birds with high levels of mercury in them.

A recent report by the Biodiversity Research Institute says the increased levels are found particularly in songbirds that rely on insects for food.

Aquatic birds still face the greatest risk for mercury exposure, said Joe Kaplan, a researcher with Common Coast Research and Conservation, a nonprofit loon research group based in Hancock.

Holland Sentinel -
S Inglot
18 Mar 2011
Location: Great Lakes, USA

[African death virus lets blackbirds die] [Usutu virus][German article translated]

German blackbirds die in rows - a virus that has brought the migratory birds from Africa. Still, the Usutu virus restricted to the Rhine-Neckar region, but scientists discovered evidence that it is spreading.

A tropical disease has killed hundreds of thousands of blackbirds in 2011 probably in Germany. Then winter came and there was silence. Now continue to die, say scientists who have gathered this past weekend 50 dead birds in the Palatinate, southern Hesse and North Baden. They assume that they were infected with the virus from Africa.

... Blame for the mass extinction is the Usutu virus. In mosquitoes, it has been demonstrated for the first time in 2010 for Germany.

Online Focus -
19 Mar 2012
C Steinlein
Location:  Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany - Map It   

Samples from dead dolphin will be sent to NOAA for testing

Samples, measurements and photographs of a dolphin carcass found by an Institute for Marine Mammal Studies employee Thursday night are being sent to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, officials said.

An IMMS employee discovered the adult female dolphin dead and floating in the Mississippi Sound.... could not immediately give a cause of death because the dolphin was badly decomposed.

... So far this year, 17 dead dolphins have been found in South Mississippi. Ten of those were babies. Solangi is encouraged by those numbers because it’s one-half to one-third less than this time in 2011.

However, it’s the dolphins’ calving season, which means those who die in the birthing process may wash ashore. Solangi said the Mississippi Sound is a nursery area for dolphins.

Sun Herald -
16 Mar 2012
D Harris
Location: Mississippi Sound, Mississippi, USA - Map It   

>>> [Residents are dead whale beached Batoque][Portuguese article translated] ][ Aquiraz, Brazil - Map It ]
>>> Harbor porpoise dies off Alki [ West Seattle, Washington USA - Map It ]
>>> Whale found dead on beaches of Rio de Janeiro [Portuguese article translated]
[Sao Conrado Beach, Brazil - Map It  ]

Photo courtesy of The Guardian feature, Week in Wildlife

Information request: Survey on animal entrapment in dumpsters

A on-line survey is now available that is gathering information about wildlife morbidity/mortality associated with animals being trapped in the drain holes of commercial refuse containers. Through the results of this survey, it is hoped that positive recommendations can be suggested for container design to reduce these problems.

The survey is available at:

The contact for additional information about this project is: or (800) 482 - 7950

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