April 8, 2013

Bird Mortality/Morbidity Cases Still being Reported along the Northeastern US Coastline and more wildlife disease news


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Bird Mortality/Morbidity Cases Still being Reported along the Northeastern US Coastline

Hey Digest Readers, Sightings of dead and sick razorbills are still being reported to the Wildlife Health Event Reporter from locations along the Northeastern US coastline.

Since March 21, 2013, the following events of dead animals were reported. For more details, visit the WHER site.

1 Canada Goose - New London Co., Connecticut
3 American woodcocks - Norfolk Co., Massachusetts
1 Common Loon - Dukes Co., Massachusetts
1 Razorbills - Dukes Co., Massachusetts
2 Seals - Dukes Co., Massachusetts
4 Razorbills - Barnstable Co., Massachusetts

The Seabird Ecological Assessment Network (SEANET) citizen science program continues to monitor and capture information and photos of mortalities from this area - so if you are a volunteer with SEANET, keep your eyes open!  If you're not a Seanetter, report your observations of dead/sick birds to the WHER at www.wher.org. Your observations are valuable! Each report expands our baseline knowledge and understanding of disease ecology! 

Chronic Wasting Disease in Kansas

The photos are of a 3.5+ white-tailed deer in Sherman County, Kansas. The photos were taken on 23 October 2012 by Mike Hopper, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) Natural Resource Officer.

This series of photos is the first ever of a living, symptomatic, CWD-positive animal in Kansas. The animal was euthanized shortly after the photos were taken and RPLNs (retropharyngeal lymph nodes) were tested at Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory a few months later, confirming CWD.

This information was provided by a fellow Digest reader from the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.

All photo credits to Mike Hopper, KDWPT.

More CWD News
>>> More Chronic Wasting Disease Found In Missouri Deer [View location of news reports on the Global Wildlife Disease News Map]

Scientists to investigate coral crisis on Kauai's north shore

Look beneath the surface of Kauai's north shore and you'll see what marine biologists are calling an epidemic. Video taken from Anini on Kauai's northeast coast shows coral covered with white bacteria, which is deteriorating much of the reef.

"The disease is a tissue-loss disease," said USGS Wildlife Disease Specialist Thierry Work. "If you look at these corals, they are losing tissues and we think it's associated with a cyanobacteria, which is a type of algae that is eating the coral basically."

Marine biologist Terry Lilley started documenting the disease when he noticed how quickly it was spreading. "I went all over the north shore to over 60 different dive sites within 30 days," Lilley said. "Everywhere we went on the north shore, this disease had already killed a lion's share of the reef."

The USGS estimates that about six percent of Kauai's reef has been infected. Before scientists can figure out a cure, they need to find what is causing it.

HawaiiNewsNow - www.hawaiinewsnow.com
02 Apr 2013
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