July 10, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


H5N1 virus detected from swab sample in Bird Garden

A spokesman for the Agriculture, Fisheries and Conservation Department (AFCD) said today (July 5) that the H5N1 virus was detected on a swab sample collected from a bird cage holding an Oriental magpie robin at a pet bird shop in the Yuen Po Street Bird Garden (Bird Garden) in Mong Kok.

Theswab sample was collected on June 25 for laboratory tests with other swab samples under the AFCD's routine avian influenza surveillance programme.

7th Space Interactive - 7thspace.com
05 Jul 2012
Location: Mong Kok, Hong Kong, China - Map It

White-Nose Syndrome Kills Social Bats Most Frequently

according to a study published earlier this week in the journal Ecology Letters, we finally have a better understanding of what makes some species more vulnerable to white nose syndrome than other—and how we can act most efficiently to save them.

A team of biologists from the University of California, Santa Cruz examined bat population data collected over the past three decades to determine which of six species have suffered the most from the disease. Their findings indicate that bat species that hibernate in the largest, most social groups tend to die off more quickly and may be on the road to extinction.

Smithsonian.com - blogs.smithsonianmag.com
05 Jul 2012
J Stromberg

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New Study Maps Hotspots of Human-Animal Infectious Diseases and Emerging Disease Outbreaks

A new global study mapping human-animal diseases like tuberculosis (TB) and Rift Valley fever finds that an "unlucky" 13 zoonoses are responsible for 2.4 billion cases of human illness and 2.2 million deaths per year. The vast majority occur in low- and middle-income countries.

The report, which was conducted by the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI), the Institute of Zoology (UK) and the Hanoi School of Public Health in Vietnam, maps poverty, livestock-keeping and the diseases humans get from animals, and presents a "top 20" list of geographical hotspots.

ScienceDaily - www.sciencedaily.com
05 Jul 2012

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Reported Wildlife Mortality Events to the USGS National Wildlife Health Center Updated

USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death.

This information was updated on July 6, 2012 on the USGS National Wildlife Health Center web page, New and Ongoing Wildlife Mortality Events Nationwide.

Quarterly Mortality Reports are also available from this page. These reports go back to 1995.

USGS National Wildlife Health Center
  06 Jul 2012

Photo courtesy of The Guardian's feature Week in Wildlife

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