July 31, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Disease outbreak in Banks Island muskox: At least 100 animals dead from erysipelas

An outbreak of erysipelas has killed at least 100 muskox on N.W.T.’s Banks Island. Wildlife officials say preliminary lab results suggest erysipelas bacteria are causing the deaths.

The disease is typically found in livestock such as pigs. This is the first time the disease has been seen in muskox in the N.W.T.

“Some of them have had evidence of their feet were thrashing and stuff, also their stomachs were still full, which indicates it was a fairly rapid onset of the disease,” said Marsha Branigan, a manager of wildlife management with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Inuvik.

CBC News - www.cbc.ca
28 Jul 2012
Location: Bank Islands, Canada - Map It 

Mysterious virus threatening Kinneret's St. Peter's fish

Unknown virus is killing Tilapia population in Sea of Galilee; experts say future impact on lake's eco-system unknown. The virus, which has yet to be identified, is causing the fish to go blind, therefore inhibiting their ability to search for food and causing them to starve to death.

According to an expert report, the mysterious disease has been plaguing the Kinneret's Tilapia for a decade, but some unknown factor has recently caused it to become an epidemic.

Ynetnews - www.ynetnews.com
30 Jul 2012
Location: - Lake Tiberias, Israel - Map It 

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