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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.
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.
OTHER WILDLIFE HEALTH RELATED NEWS
- The Threat of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases to Wildlife [National Geographic]
- Wildlife officials to euthanize diseased bighorn sheep [Pneumonia] [Tieton, Washington - Map It ]
- 2013 California Sea Lion Unusual Mortality Event in California [California, USA]
- Harbor Porpoise Washes Up on N. Oregon Coast Beach [Oregon, USA - Map It ]
- Gulf St Vincent to be tested to explain dead penguins, fish and dolphins on Adelaide beaches [Adelaide, Australia - Map It ]
- Brevard's manatee, pelican deaths still a mystery: Count rises as algae, parasites get a look [Brevard Co., Florida, USA - Map It ]
- In A Cave Of 10,000 Bats, Only 23 Survive: Mysterious Disease Killing Bats Across America
- Department Continues to Battle White-Nose Syndrome in Bats [Vermont, USA]
- More Mo. bats diagnosed with deadly disease[View location of news reports on Global Wildlife Disease News Map ]
- Feeder birds succumbing to salmonella poisoning [New York, USA - Map It ]
- 1,000 Dead Ducks Found In China's Nanhe River; Pig Carcass Count Continues To Rise [Nanhe River, China - Map It ]
- 7 eagles believed to have become sick after eating tainted horse meat [Lewis Co., Washington, USA - Map It ]
- Oily ducks found after thousands of gallons of oil spill in Arkansas [Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - Map It ]
- Late Ontario winter weather starving birds of prey [Ontario, Canada - Map It ]
- Third death from H7N9 bird flu [China]
- State of Emergency Declared in Chelyabinsk Over Rabies Outbreak [Chelyabinsk, Russia]
- Plano to Track Birds in Hopes of Preventing West Nile Virus [Plano, Texas, USA]