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 - www.telegram.com
21 Aug 2012
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 - www.livescience.com
21 Aug 2012
Cited Journal Article
S Unwin et al. Does Confirmed Pathogen Transfer between Sanctuary Workers and Great Apes Mean that Reintroduction Should not Occur?: Commentary on "Drug-resistant human Staphylococcus aureus findings in sanctuary apes and its threat to wild ape populations"
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 - www.cjad.com
20 Aug 2012
Location: Mississquoi Bay, Canada - Map It
More Harmful Algal Bloom News
>>> Pine Lake under blue-green algae warning [Alberta, Canada]
>>> Cyanobacteria advisory issued for Pelham beach [New Hampshire, USA]
Record Radiation in Fish Off Japan Nuclear Plant
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 -news.discovery.com
21 Aug 2012
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
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- Mosquito Commission: 10 birds, 8 mosquitos found with West Nile Virus in Warren County in 2012 [Warren Co., New Jersey - Map It ]
- OIE World Animal Health Information Database (WAHID) Report: Myxomatosis in wild rabbits [North Aegean, Greece - Map It ]
- Potent human toxins prevalent in Canada's freshwaters
- DOD Has Running Start on Biosurveillance Strategy
- ProMED Archive Number# 20120821.1255556: Usutu virus - Germany [Human infection][View cases in blackbirds in Germany on Disease News Map ]
- Region Briefs: Disease continues to kill deer, spreading across Nebraska [Garden Co., Nebraska, USA - Map It ]
- Midge fly infecting Michigan deer with deadly virus [Michigan, USA]
- Southern virus may be killing deer in northwest Cook County [Subscription Only][Chicago, Illinois, USA][View Disease News Map for location]
- Meddling with male malaria mosquito 'mating plug' to control an epidemic
- How hungry birds use social networking to survive
- Excellent Idea of the Day: Umbrellas for Corals: Underwater umbrellas are proposed in a study of how to protect coral reefs from climate change