An Avian Flu That Jumps from Birds to Mammals Is Killing New England's Baby Seals
This research is published in mBio.
Wildlife officials first became concerned in September 2011, when seals with severe pneumonia and skin lesions suddenly appeared along the coastline from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. Most were infants (less than 6 months), and a total of 162 dead or moribund seals were recovered over the next 3 months.
ScienceDaily - www.sciencedaily.com
31 Jul 2012
Cited Journal Article
SJ Anthony et al. Emergence of Fatal Avian Influenza in New England Harbor Seals. mBio. 2012 Jul 31;3(4):e00166-12. doi:10.1128/mBio.00166-12
Farm virus [Q Fever] found in Algonquin Park wildlife
They may seem like furry little friends, those little squirrels, as they skitter through the forests, but researches have discovered otherwise.
A bacterium known to cause ‘Q-Fever’ in humans has been detected in a high percentage rodents in Algonquin Park.
A team of Laurentian University biology researchers, led by Canada Research Chair Dr. Albrecht Schulte-Hostedde have found evidence of the spread of the zoonotic bacterium Coxiella bernetii in wildlife in the park and say their findings suggest that some visitors to the park could be at risk of infection.
CottageCountryNow.ca - www.cottagecountrynow.ca
26 Jul 2012
Fish getting skin cancer from UV radiation, scientists say
Approximately 15% of coral trout in Australia's Great Barrier Reef had cancerous lesions on their scales. In that regard, they resemble Australians who live on land — 2 in 3 people who live down under will be diagnosed with skin cancer before the age of 70, the highest rate in the world. It's probably no coincidence that Australia is under the Earth's biggest hole in the ozone layer.
Researchers hadn't set out to look for signs of cancer in fish.
Scientists from the Australian Institute of Marine Science were near the Great Barrier Reef conducting a survey of shark prey, predominantly coral trout. They kept seeing strange dark patches on the normally bright orange fish, and for help they turned to another research team from the University of Newcastle in England that was studying coral disease in the area.
Los Angeles Times - www.latimes.com
02 Aug 2012
Location: Queenland, Australia - Map It
Sweet M et al. (2012)Evidence of Melanoma in Wild Marine Fish Populations. PLoS ONE 7(8): e41989. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0041989
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
- Dead Bird in Culver City Tests Positive for West Nile Virus [Culver City, California, USA - Map It ]
- Dead whale found in Australian ocean pool [Newport Beach, Australia - Map It ]
- More Sick Birds Being Transported From Laguna Niguel [Update][View earlier story here on Disease Map][California, USA]
- Mac Koala: Skin disease can devastate [Campbelltown, Australia - Map It ]
[Courtesy of Australian Wildlife Health Network]
- Survival leap for frogs
- Updated WNS Map with addition of Cumberland Co., Nova Scotia, Canada [Source: White-Nose Syndrome.org] [Cumberland Co., Canada - Map It]
- Forest Service Renews Cave Closure in Rocky Mountains to Stop Spread of Bat-killing Disease [Press Release]
- EHD outbreak confirmed in deer in Ionia and Branch counties [Press release] [Branch Co. - Map It and Ionia Co - Map It , Michigan, USA]
- Local deer fall victim to dry climate [Putnamville - Map It , and Reelsville - Map It , Indiana, USA]
- Marsh wildlife affected by drought [Horicon, Wisconsin, USA]
- Drought affecting wildlife in Iowa [Iowa, USA]
- Angry Birds Meets Bioinformatics [ImageJS is a free app system that analyzes tissue images]
- World's Northernmost Coral Reef Discovered: The species and seascape are completely different from tropical reefs [Japan]
- Natural immunity may protect Peruvians from rabies