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Welcome to the National Wildlife Health Center! Our mission is to advance wildlife health science for the benefit of animals, humans, and the environment.

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Disease Investigation Services

Disease Investigation Services

Report mortality events and submit specimens.

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Science Spotlight: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2

Science Spotlight: Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus 2 (RHDV2) has been confirmed for the first time in wild rabbits in the United States.

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Honolulu Field Station

Honolulu Field Station

The NWHC HFS provides support to the natural resource communities of Hawaii and the Pacific Basin in the investigation of wildlife diseases.

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News

Date published: April 1, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Exotic Duck

Case History: Mortality of captive exotic ducks was reported by the owner of an aviary (species and location are withheld from this report to protect privacy). An adult female duck was submitted for cause-of-death determination.

Date published: March 30, 2021

Low Risk of Researchers Passing Coronavirus to North American Bats

The risk is low that scientists could pass coronavirus to North American bats during winter research, according to a new study led by the U.S. Geological Survey. 

Date published: March 23, 2021

New usability enhancements to WHISPers data portal

New usability enhancements have been released to WHISPers.

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

Sea turtles across the North Pacific are exposed to perfluoroalkyl substances

Perfluorinated alkyl substances (PFASs) are global, persistent, and toxic contaminants. We assessed PFAS concentrations in green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) turtles from the North Pacific. Fifteen compounds were quantified via liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry from 62 green turtle and 6 hawksbill...

Wood, Cathryn; Balazs, George H.; Rice, Marc; Work, Thierry M.; Jones, T. Todd; Sterling, Eleanor J.; Summers, Tammy M.; Brooker, John; Kurpita, Lauren; King, Cheryl S.; Lynch, Jennifer M.

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Year Published: 2021

Emergence and molecular characterization of pigeon Paramyxovirus-1 in non-native Eurasian collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) in California, USA

Eurasian collared doves (Streptopelia decaocto) were introduced into Florida in the 1980s and have since established populations throughout the continental United States. Pigeon paramyxovirus-1 (PPMV-1), a species-adapted genotype VI Avian orthoavulavirus 1, has caused periodic outbreaks among collared doves in the U.S. since 2001 with...

Rogers, Krysta; Mete, Ash; Ip, Hon S.; Torchetti, Mia K.; Killian, Mary L.; Crossley, Beate

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Year Published: 2021

Animal reservoirs and hosts for emerging alphacoronaviruses and betacoronaviruses

The ongoing global pandemic caused by coronavirus disease has once again demonstrated the role of the family Coronaviridae in causing human disease outbreaks. Because severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 was first detected in December 2019, information on its tropism, host range, and clinical manifestations in animals is...

Ghai, Ria R.; Carpenter, Ann; Liew, Amanda Y.; Martin, Krystalyn B.; Herring, Meghan K.; Gerber, Susan I.; Hall, Aron J.; Sleeman, Jonathan M.; VonDobschuetz, Sophie; Barton Behravesh, Casey