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The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Designates NWHC as a Collaborating Centre

Since 2012, the National Wildlife Health Center 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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Toxoplasmosis: New USGS Circular

Toxoplasmosis (Toxoplasma gondii), one of the better known and more widespread zoonotic diseases, originated in wildlife species and is now well established as a human malady. Food- and waterborne zoonoses, such as toxoplasmosis, are receiving increasing attention as components of disease emergence and resurgence.
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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.

Trichinosis: New USGS Circular

This new publication from the NWHC is about trichinosis, or trichinellosis, one of the most widespread global parasitic diseases of humans and animals. Often called the “trichina worm,” this parasite is considered to be the king of the parasite community, because it has adapted to an extremely wide range of hosts including domestic animals, wildlife, and humans.
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View Recent Mortality Events

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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