September 18, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


West Nile virus felling red-tailed hawks in the Poconos

[Editor's note: Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation Center has not tested red-tail hawks for West Nile virus... many come to the center that are experiencing West Nile-like symptoms....]

Red-tailed hawks in the Poconos have died from a West Nile-type virus at an alarming rate this summer, another indication of just how serious a threat the virus is posing this year, according to Kathy Uhler, director of the Pocono Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center.

... DEP does tally the number of positive red-tailed hawk cases that are reported to it by other agencies or private citizens. So far only seven other red-tailed hawks were reported to have died from the virus in Pennsylvania this year.

... Just last week, 12 red-tailed hawks were brought into the center by people who simply thought the animals were injured or dehydrated. But within hours of arriving at the center, the hawks, which were discovered in Monroe and Northampton counties and outwardly appeared healthy, died.

... Three of those occurred in York County and two in Centre County, according to a state website that monitors reported cases of West Nile.

Pocono Record - www.poconorecord
13 Sep 2012
C Smith
Location: View location of cases reported in the news in Pennsylvania, USA
on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map

EHD possible cause of Wisconsin deer deaths

Cases of EHD reported in the news dating back 45 days on the
Global Wildlife Disease News Map
Recent deer deaths in Wisconsin may be linked to epizootic hemorrhagic disease, or EHD, according to officials with the Department of Natural Resources.

In the last two weeks, landowners have reported finding small groups of dead deer, primarily in the Town of Dekorra in Columbia County. But small clusters of dead or dying deer have also been reported in the last 24 hours in Rock, Waukesha and Walworth counties, according to the agency.

... A total of 31 deer deaths in Wisconsin are being investigated by the DNR as "suggestive" of EHD, said Eric Lobner, DNR wildlife supervisor. Nine of the dead deer were found on a 40-acre property in Columbia County.

However, the cause of death has not been confirmed. Tissue samples have been sent to a laboratory in Georgia for testing, Lobner said. Results are expected in one to two weeks.

If confirmed, it would be the first documentation of EHD in Wisconsin since 2002, when the disease killed 14 deer in Iowa County.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -
14 Sep 2012
PA Smith
Location: View location of cases in the news in Wisconsin, USA
on Global Wildlife Disease News Map

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