July 16, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Chronic Wasting Disease Detected in Far West Texas

Samples from two mule deer recently taken in far West Texas have been confirmed positive for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). These are the first cases of CWD detected in Texas deer. Wildlife officials believe the event is currently isolated in a remote part of the state near the New Mexico border.

The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) implemented regionally-focused deer sample collection efforts after the disease was detected in the Hueco Mountains of New Mexico during the 2011-12 hunting season.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - www.tahc.state.tx.us
10 Jul 2012
Location: Hueco Mountains, Texas, USA - Map It

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Inquiry into deaths of 30 swans in Cardiff

Animal health officials have begun an investigation after 30 swans died in Cardiff over a three week period.

A spokesman for Cardiff council said the affected birds were mainly from the Roath Park and Cardiff Bay areas.

Bird flu has not been diagnosed as the cause of the birds' death and inquiries into why they died are under way.

BBC News South East Wales - www.bbc.uk
10 Jul 2012
Location: Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom - Map It

Anthrax kills 128 wood bison in N.W.T

The worst outbreak of killer anthrax spores in the Northwest Territories in two decades has left 128 wood bison dead northwest of Fort Providence.

The decaying carcasses, spread over an area of 10 square kilometres, were spotted on a routine anthrax surveillance flight on July 3. A team went in and several of the dead animals field-tested positive for anthrax, a naturally occurring spore exacerbated by hot periods following extreme wetness.

...The dead animals were part of the Mills Lake, area herd of about 300 animals. The animals belong to the Mackenzie Bison Sanctuary herd of 2,000 prairie-loving bison. Unusual in the bison world, the herd is considered disease-free, without the tuberculosis and brucellosis that plague their bison brothers in the Slave River and Wood Buffalo herds, McLinton said.

In 1993, 172 bison from the Slave River herd were killed by anthrax. In 2010, an outbreak killed nine of the animals.

Edmonton Sun - www.edmontonsun.com
06 Jul 2012
JL Larson
Location: Fort Providence, Canada - Map It

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From the mouths of monkeys: Swab technique spots tuberculosis in non-human primates: TB infections, a serious threat to monkeys and apes, previously had been difficult to detect

Tuberculosis can be a serious threat to monkeys and apes. A new technique for detecting the tuberculosis-causing bacteria could help in protecting the health of primate populations.

The method can spot TB even among infected primates that show no outward sign of disease, but are still capable of spreading infection to others of their kind. Existing tests for TB in primates are difficult to apply and give unreliable results, often failing to detect infections.

With the new approach, researchers obtained the first published evidence of TB pathogens in the mouths of Asian monkeys living near people.

The study appears in the latest issue of the American Journal of Primatology. Dr. Lisa Jones-Engel, a senior research scientist at the National Primate Research Center at the University of Washington, headed the international project.

EurekAlert - www.eurekalert.org
21 Jun 2012

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