...This research has important implications for managing WNS and vulnerable bat species by revealing the important role that the environment plays in the disease. For example, the findings suggest that susceptible bats may not be able to effectively re-colonize caves and mines that have been previously contaminated and that the reintroduction of certain bat species to such sites may not be a sound strategy for reestablishing lost populations.
Although bats likely play a major role in transporting the fungus, the work additionally highlights the potential for humans entering contaminated caves and mines to come into contact with G. destructans years after bats have disappeared from those sites.
USGS Science Features - www.usgs.gov/blogs/features
10 Jan 2013
Chlamydia threat to untouched koala population
The danger has been identified by the University of Sydney's Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre in Camden which is currently treating a sick animal, from the Southern Highlands area. It is one of five it has treated for a chlamydia infection in the past three years.
"The disease is infiltrating the population in the Southern Highlands which is concerning but we are even more worried that it may spread north and east into the Campbelltown population," said David Phalen, the director of the Centre, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science.
"The Campbelltown colony has an estimated 500 animals. They have been closely studied for 20 years and no evidence of chlamydia has ever been found in this healthy, growing population."
The Campbelltown koalas are important because of the genetic diversity of their immune genes.
University of Sydney - sydney.edu.au
14 Jan 2013
Common toads ravaged by killer disease in Portugal
The chytrid fungus—responsible for millions of amphibian deaths worldwide—is now believed to be behind a sudden decline in the common midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans), according to a new paper in Animal Conservation. Researchers have detected the presence of the deadly fungus in the Serra da Estrela, north-central Portugal, home to a population of the midwife toad.
"Our findings point to an outbreak of [the disease] chytridiomycosis likely being responsible for the population decline and observed disappearance of this species," lead author Gonçalo M. Rosa told mongabay.com.
Mongabay.com - news.mongbay.com
14 Jan 2013
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
- Brain Cancer-Causing Virus Strikes West Coast Raccoons
- Handling brucellosis in elk could be hot topic at FWP Commission meeting
- Turtle Phenomena Continues Even With Warm Weather [Cold-stunned phenomena][Virgina, USA]
- Salmonella Confirmed in Southern WI; DNR Asks Residents to Report Dead Birds [View Global Wildlife Disease News for Salmonella reports in Wisconsin - Map It ]
|A newly discovered 9,000-strong emperor penguin colony on Antarctica’s |
Princess Ragnhild coast. Credit: Alain Hubert/International Polar Foundation
The Guardian's Week in Wildlife
- Policy Due On Beached Whale Protocol [Ireland]
- Newborn whale found dead just south of B.C [Olympic Peninsula, Washington, USA - Map It ]
- Riverhead Foundation Examines Two More Beached Whales Sunday [Napeague, New York, USA - Map It ]
- Regions warned of new strain of bird flu [Indonesia]
- USD Researcher Studies Causes of Severe Flu Strains
- Ebola suspected in Mubende district [Uganda, Africa]
- Haemorrhagic fever carried by UK rats: scientists
- Kenya: Nation Tackles Climate Threats to Wildlife, Tourism
- Newly discovered colony of penguins receives first human visitors
- Two cold-stunned loggerheads head home [North Carolina, USA]