January 11, 2013

In the Spotlight: SCWDS Briefs Special Issue: Virus Gone Wild

Figure 1: Mapped cases of epizootic hemorrhagic disease (EHD)
and Bluetongue Virus (BTV) in North America.
Are you interested in a year in review of wildlife disease? Then you'll want to check out the latest issue of SCWDS Briefs, a quarterly newsletter from the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study.

You'll find some of the top wildlife disease stories that happened in United States this past year, like this article, Hemorrhagic Disease 2012 - One for the Record Books?

An excerpt:

... This is an exceptional year for HD in both the eastern and midwestern United States, and 2012 may be one for the record books. Our first HD case was confirmed on July 18 when we isolated epizootic hemorrhagic disease virus (EHDV) serotype-2 from samples from a white-tailed deer from North Carolina.

So far this year, we have isolated and identified nearly 200 EHD and bluetongue (BT) viruses from wild ungulates in 27 states. The distribution of these isolates is shown on the map. [See Figure 1].

All of the North American EHDV serotypes were isolated and all were widely distributed. All three EHDV subtypes were confirmed in deer in three states (Missouri, Indiana, and Michigan). We also isolated BTV-10, -11, and -13, but only a few confirmed cases were observed.

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