October 15, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories


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.

BBC News
10 Oct 2012
Location: London, England - Map It

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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.”

Pennsylvania Dept of Agriculture
11 Oct 2012
Location: New Oxford, Pennsylvania, USA - Map It 

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