December 6, 2012

Today's Wildlife Disease News Stories

We have big news to share! We received a large donation of $15,000 from an organization concerned about wildlife health issues. This gets us much closer to our campaign target of $40,000 by December 31, 2012!

In addition we received contributions from eight individuals - a BIG thank you for your generosity! But the campaign deadline is approaching fast and we still need your help.  Consider where else you can find so much wildlife health information in one place that is so easily accessible?  Can you give a donation today? Is your organization able to give a donation or sign up for a subscription?

Even though our services, including the Digest, are publicly available and benefit everyone, they do require financial support.The University of Wisconsin-Madison, provides non-financial support in the form of workspace and guidance but does not provide monetary funding.

While the News Digest and our other services help you stay abreast of wildlife disease developments, they also assist and support the valuable work of other wildlife health organizations, such as the Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET).

From our SEANET fans

We could not do what we do here at SEANET without the support of the Wildlife Data Integration Network (WDIN) at the University of Wisconsin. Our database manager, Megan Hines, is some kind of miracle worker.

And far beyond what they do for us, the WDIN has several invaluable projects going on, many of which I use daily. Their Wildlife Disease News Digest is my daily source for what’s brewing in wildlife populations all over the world. Cris Marsh and company do an incredible job of poring over a huge volume of information and distilling it for readers. As a blogger myself, I have a deep appreciation for what they do. [link to source]

SEANET is a citizen science powered research project based at Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Their volunteers survey beaches on the east coast of the United States reporting on seabird mortality and environmental conditions. The wealth of data that is collected is used to identify patterns and causes of seabird mortality in the Atlantic. This surveillance data is also delivered to WDIN's Wildlife Health Event Reporter where it is joined with other observations for a more comprehensive view of wildlife disease occurrences.

Together, we are working with our partners, like SEANET, to better understand wildlife disease. With your support, we can continue to provide the services that you and others have come to value and rely on.

Contact us today to give a donation, for a subscription or with any questions.

We love keeping you informed!
The WDIN Team

Cris Marsh
Megan Hines
Vicki Szewczyk
Dr. Kurt Sladky


Bird Deaths in Russia Are Being Blamed on ‘Low Pathogenic Flu’

The H5N1 avian flu didn’t cause deaths of wild birds in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region last week, the government’s food safety agency said.

Lab tests proved a “low-pathogenic flu,” not H5N1, killed hundreds of wild ducks in coastal lakes in the Anapa and Temryuk districts in the Krasnodar region last week, said Alexei Alekseenko, spokesman for Rosselkhoznadzor.

Bloomberg Business Week -
04 Dec 2012
M Sysoyeva
Location: Temryuk - Map It    ; and Anapa - Map It   , Russia

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Researchers: What killed catfish in Marco Island

Researchers are trying to determine what killed a cluster of catfish near Marco Island.
The dead catfish surfaced last week. Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve spokeswoman Renee Wilson says the fish were ghostly white and had reddened lips and fins, a sign that the fish were under some kind of stress.

Researchers haven't said what may have caused the fish kill, but theories range from red tide poisoning to a disease or virus. Tissue samples have been sent to a research institute for further testing, which would take weeks.

San Francisco Chronicle -
03 Dec 2012
Location: Marco Island, Florida, USA - Map It  ]

Casey seeks deer farmers' help with chronic wasting disease

Deer and elk farmers in York and across the United States could soon be asked to help the state and federal government monitor chronic wasting disease in their animals.

Saying the disease is the deer equivalent of the mad cow disease, Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is asking the U.S. Department of Agriculture to adopt a rule that calls for monitoring deer and elk that cross state lines.

The USDA issued an interim rule earlier this year, but Casey wants Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service to finalize the rule, under which farmers could volunteer to participate in a process similar to a registry, said John Rizzo, Casey's press secretary.

York Dispatch -
05 Dec 2012
C Kauffman
Location: Pennsylvania, USA

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