May 14, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


USGS Continues Research on White-Nose Syndrome: National Wildlife Health Center Collaborates with EcoHealth Alliance

New research on white-nose syndrome (WNS) in bats will investigate environmental conditions in caves and mines used by hibernating bats. The research will focus on the fungus Geomyces destructans, which causes the fatal disease.

... This research will be conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC) and EcoHealth Alliance, a nonprofit organization that focuses on local conservation and global health issues. It is being funded by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

... Scientists will investigate environmental conditions within bat hibernacula (caves and mines used by hibernating bats) to identify potential factors that contribute to disease development and severity. Scientists will assess how environmental factors affect the growth and persistence of the deadly fungus in the environment and on bats within hibernation sites. Research will target six hibernacula in the East and Midwest U.S. Each site will be monitored for microclimate conditions and quantity of the deadly fungus on bats, soil, and rock surfaces throughout the year.

 USGS Newsroom [Press Release]
11 May 2012

More White-nose Syndrome News

TB outbreak 'not caused by wildlife'

SCIENTISTS have ruled out wildlife being behind an outbreak of bovine TB in Scotland that led to the slaughter of a herd of cattle.

Scottish Government officials are still trying to pin down what caused the disease to appear on a farm at Ballencrieff, Bathgate, West Lothian, last month, and say their investigation is continuing. Discounting a possibility the infection came from wildlife means there will be no plans to cull badgers or other potential carriers of the disease.

Herald Scotland -
10 May 2012
J Harrison

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