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Parasite in Live Asian Swamp Eels May Cause Human Illness

USGS scientists found parasitic worms known as gnathostomes in Asian swamp eels collected between 2010 and 2012 from ethnic food markets and in Florida waters where the eel species is invasive. If eaten raw or undercooked, these eels could transmit their parasites to people, causing mild to serious disease. The USGS study was published in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases.

OIE Conference: Focus on Global Network of Expertise

Recently, Center Director Jonathan Sleeman presented at the World Organisation for Animal Health's Global Conference of the 296 OIE Reference Centres held in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Sleeman presented a talk on the structure and function of the NWHC Collaborating Centre as a model for other potential Centre consortia. Since 2012, the NWHC has been an OIE Collaborating Centre for Research, Diagnosis, and Surveillance of Wildlife Pathogens, in consortium with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative. The OIE is an intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide.

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USGS and a network of partners across the country work on documenting wildlife mortality events, in order to provide timely and accurate information on locations, species and causes of death.
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