June 27, 2013

Finches still susceptible to disease and more wildlife health related news


Wounded seal found on Cornish coast had bovine TB

A wounded seal pup that washed up on a Cornish beach was put down after contracting bovine TB, vets say. The government said the "unusual" incident demonstrated that bovine TB could spread between species.

Vet Andy Biggs said it may have been from a badger bite after a badger possibly came into contact with the pup after being attracted by the placenta.

... Tests by government vets at the Polwhele Veterinary Laboratory near Truro found it was suffering from bovine TB. The vets said they believed it was the first time a seal had been diagnosed with the disease.

BBC News
26 Jun 2013
Location: Cornwall, England - Map It

Finches still susceptible to disease

A screenshot of a completed wildlife health report in WHER.
Click image to view past report on a sick house finch.
Several people from across Iowa who feed wild birds have spotted house finches with swollen, matted eyes. This condition is caused by house finch disease that was first documented in eastern United States in 1993 and moved quickly across the eastern part of the country including Illinois and Iowa.

Researchers at the Cornell University Laboratory of Ornithology, Ithaca, N.Y., say the disease has decreased from epidemic proportions to a much smaller percentage.

... While infected birds have swollen eyes, the disease particularly affects the respiratory system. It is caused by the bacterium, Mycoplasma gallisepticum, which poses no threat to humans....Current evidence suggests that infected birds do not acquire immunity to future infections, and there is no known cure.

The Cornell lab continues to conduct a house finch disease survey, providing an opportunity for citizens to help researchers track the spread of the disease. The survey is easy to do: participants watch their feeders, record the visits of house finches and American goldfinches, and the occurrence of disease symptoms.

Quad-City Times
17 Jun 2013
B Ehresman
Location: USA

More Bird Health News

Illegal wildlife trade threatens international security

The illicit trade in endangered animals has grown to the fourth-largest kind of illegal trade worldwide, sparking concern about links to militants and organized crime in developing nations.

... Now worth $19 billion annually, the black market in animals and their parts, notably ivory and furs, threatens to eradicate many of the most iconic of wild species, such as rhinos, elephants and tigers.... About 1,000 forest rangers worldwide have been killed in the past decade, she notes, often at the hands of militants involved in insurgencies. "We can't just see this as an environmental problem anymore, when it has grown into a criminal and security one."

The report comes as international observers have become more concerned about links between the illegal animal trade and terror groups in Africa and Asia. Last November, then-secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton declared illegal wildlife trade a security threat. In May, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon released a report linking the Lord's Resistance Army militant group to the illegal ivory trade and slaughter of elephants in Central Africa.

USA Today
24 Jun 2013
D Vergano


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