August 23, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


Outdoors: Auburn Sportsman’s Club aids in tick/bird study

Capturing, examining and analyzing tens of thousands of migratory songbirds, our local bird-banding research team currently based at the Auburn Sportsman’s Club has been at the forefront of efforts to determine the role of birds in the spread of Lyme disease.

...About 10 percent of all our locally captured birds with ticks and 80 percent of mice with ticks proved infected. In the expanded study of 479 birds carrying ticks, 81 were infected. Most recently in Auburn, 13 of 68 birds carrying ticks were infected. The closer to the coast, the higher the infection rates.
Columnists Telegram -
21 Aug 2012
M Blazis

Deadly Human Bacteria Now Infects Chimps

Chimpanzees in African sanctuaries are catching human strains of drug-resistant staph, a new study finds. Experts warn that infected chimps could spread the deadly bug to other apes if reintroduced to the wild — or the pathogen could jump back to humans in a more dangerous form.

Strains of staph (Staphlyococcus aureus) were found in 36 chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes), or over half of those tested, at two sanctuaries — Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage in Zambia, and Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda. A handful of the cases showed signs of multi-drug resistance, the most dangerous form of the bacteria, according to a statement from Emory University.

Live Science -
21 Aug 2012
M Gannon
Location: Africa

Cited Journal Article
Am J Primatol. 2012 Aug 16. doi: 10.1002/ajp.22069. [Epub ahead of print]

Bad algae outbreak killing off fish?

Thousands of dead fish have been found washed up on the shores of the Mississquoi Bay in the Montérégie region south of Montreal, and a really bad algae outbreak appears to be behind it.

Real Pelletier, mayor of the the St. Armand municipality which includes Philipsburgh, said the fish appear to have been caught up in the effects of last year's flooding and this year's dry spell, a perfect breeding ground for the algae.

CJAD 800 AM -
20 Aug 2012
S Lee
Location: Mississquoi Bay, Canada - Map It

More Harmful Algal Bloom News

Record Radiation in Fish Off Japan Nuclear Plant

A pair of greenlings have shown the highest level of radioactive caesium detected in fish and shellfish caught in waters off Japan's crippled Fukushima nuclear power plant, its operator said Tuesday.

The fishes, captured 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) off the plant on August 1, registered 25,800 becquerels of caesium per kilo, Tokyo Electric Power Co. (TEPCO) said -- 258 times the level the government deems safe for consumption.

Discovery News
21 Aug 2012
Location: Japan


Locations of EHD cases affecting deer populations around the US in the
last 45 days.  Visit Disease News Map for more information.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) News 
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