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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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Index of Wildlife Disease Information Resources

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: January 6, 2021

Pathology Case of the Month - Red Wolf

Case History: An adult female 21.6-kg red wolf (Canis rufus) was found dead along the side of a road in North Carolina in November 2012.

Date published: December 28, 2020

Chronic Wasting Disease: Can Science Save Our Dear Deer?

What’s in a name? Chronic wasting disease sounds ominous, too descriptive for comfort, almost impolite in its directness. It is, in fact, a truthful name for a disease and a real threat to North America’s cervids.

Date published: December 1, 2020

Pathology Case of the Month - Eastern Gray Squirrels

Case History: Six eastern gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) were found dead below a tree in a residential yard in Wisconsin, U.S.A. 

Publications

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Year Published: 2021

User Guide: Creating a WHISPers morbidity/mortality event

A step-by-step guide to “put a dot on the WHISPers map” by creating an event. Available to users assigned Partner User, Partner Manager, and Partner Administrator roles.

Miller, Kimberli J.

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Year Published: 2021

Experimental challenge of a North American bat species, big brown bat (Eptesicus fuscus), with SARS-CoV-2

The recently emerged novel coronavirus, SARS‐CoV‐2, is phylogenetically related to bat coronaviruses (CoVs), specifically SARS‐related CoVs from the Eurasian bat family Rhinolophidae. As this human pandemic virus has spread across the world, the potential impacts of SARS‐CoV‐2 on native North American bat populations are unknown, as is the ability...

Hall, Jeffrey S.; Knowles, Susan; Nashold, Sean; Ip, Hon S.; Leon, Ariel Elizabeth; Rocke, Tonie E.; Keller, Saskia Annatina; Carossino, Mariano; Balasuriya, Udeni B.R.; Hofmeister, Erik K.

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Year Published: 2020

Occupancy and detectability of northern long-eared bats in the Lake States Region

The northern long‐eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) is one of the bat species most affected by white‐nose syndrome. Population declines attributed to white‐nose syndrome contributed to the species’ listing as federally threatened under the 1973 Endangered Species Act. Although one of the most abundant Myotine bats in eastern North America prior...

Hyzy, Brenna A.; Russell, Robin E.; Silvis, Alexander; Ford, W. Mark; Riddle, Jason D.; Russell, Kevin R.