London Zoo penguins die in malaria outbreak
Six penguins have died following an outbreak of malaria at London Zoo.
The birds contracted the avian strain of the disease from mosquitoes and died in August. Zookeepers had increased the birds' anti-malaria medication due to fears that the wet weather would let the insects thrive.
...Avian malaria in penguins is not uncommon and outbreaks have been recorded as far back as the 1920s, according to Dr Stephen Larcombe, who studies the disease at Oxford University's Edward Grey Institute.
First Case of Chronic Wasting Disease Found in Pennsylvania Deer
Adams County Captive Deer Tests Positive; No Evidence of Effect on Humans
The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture today confirmed the first positive case of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the state on a deer farm in Adams County.
... The positive sample was taken from a white-tailed deer at 1491 New Chester Rd., New Oxford, and tested as part of Pennsylvania’s intensive CWD monitoring efforts. The sample tissue was tested at the Pennsylvania Veterinary Laboratory in Harrisburg and verified at the National Veterinary Services Laboratory in Ames, Iowa.
In addition to the Adams County location, the department has quarantined two farms directly associated with the positive deer at 6464 Jacks Hollow Rd., Williamsport, Lycoming County, and 61 Pickett Rd., Dover, York County. The quarantine prevents movement of animals on and off the premises.
“Pennsylvania has an aggressive Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance program and a strong response plan,” said Agriculture Secretary George Greig. “Steps are being taken to prevent further spread of this disease to the state’s captive and wild deer populations.”
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
- North Georgia bats threatened by spread of fungal disease [See map to right]
- Wildlife rehabilitators decline by half since 2001
- Special care for animals in zoo to prevent spread of disease
- Red tide looms from Lee to Pinellas counties [Florida, USA - Map It ]
- Rabies baits spread across half the Cape [USA]
- Is brucellosis a wildlife or livestock problem? FWP hears debate over issue
- Turkey Hunters: Help DEC Track an Emerging Turkey Disease [ New York DEC Field Notes]
- Isaac's flooding killed many fawns in SE La [View areas in South East Louisiana, USA where fawn morality occurred on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map ]
|Georgia’s bat populations are hemmed in from all sides by a destructive |
fungal disease called white-nose syndrome.
Photo credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease
- EHD Worrying Ranchers [USA]
- EHD confirmed, but disease might have run its course [Rices Landing, Pennsylvania, USA - Map It ]
- DEER DIE-OFF PROMPTS REDUCTION OF SOME UNSOLD EAST RIVER LICENSES [South Dakota, USA]
- Disease kills hundreds of deer in NC foothills [View cases reported in the news in North Carolina on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map ]
- Reports of EHD hit 2K in Ionia County as bow season begins [Michigan, USA]
- Disease killing deer in Delaware [Redden State Forest, Delaware, USA - Map It ]
West Nile Virus News
- West Nile outbreak on track to being worst in US history: Infection rate outpacing previous years [JAMA News] [USA]
- Crow Found in Belmont Tests Positive for West Nile Virus [View cases reported in news in California, USA on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map ]
- Dead Bird Found in Ross Valley Tests Positive for West Nile Virus [View cases reported in the news in California, USA on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map ]
- Indiana Bats Appear Healthy Heading Into Hibernation
- Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder: A Story About a Little Bear that Could [ CDFG Wildlife Investigations Lab blog]
- Cougar study finds old toms more stable for wildlife [Courtesy of Wildlife Society News]
- UW study proposes “swimways” to help save migratory fish [University of Wisconsin-Madison News]
- How long can DNA last? A million years, maybe more
- Strange cave-dwelling coral discovered in tropical reefs