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
Cited Journal Article
Sociality, density-dependence and microclimates determine the persistence of populations suffering from a novel fungal disease, white-nose syndrome. Ecology Letters. 2012; [Epub ahead of print]
More News on White-nose Syndrome
>>> White Nose Syndrome Found in Rockingham County for the First Time [ Rockingham Co., New Hampshire, USA - Map It ]
>>> U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Awards Grants to 30 States for White-Nose Syndrome Work [Press release]
New Study Maps Hotspots of Human-Animal Infectious Diseases and Emerging Disease Outbreaks
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
More News on Report
>>> Cost of human-animal disease greatest for world's poor: But the United States and western Europe are hotspots for emerging diseases
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
06 Jul 2012
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWSPhoto courtesy of The Guardian's feature Week in Wildlife
- Wildlife official: Hopefully botulism threat over [View past story on this mortality event on the Digest's News Map HERE] [Kanaha Pond, Hawaii, USA]
- Wildlife rescuer blames botulism for deaths of 50+ ducks & geese in Perkins Township [Township of Perkins, Ohio, USA - Map It ]
- Japan detects high levels of radiocaesium in freshwater fish in Fukushima [Fukushima, Japan]
- What's News About "Zoobiquity"? [The Human Animal Medicine Project blog post]
West Nile Virus News