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North Atlantic May Be a New Route for Spread of Avian Flu to North America

The North Atlantic region is a newly discovered important pathway for avian influenza to move between Europe and North America, according to a USGS report published in PLOS ONE. USGS scientists and Icelandic partners found avian flu viruses from North America and Europe in migratory birds in Iceland, demonstrating that the North Atlantic is as significant as the North Pacific in being a melting pot for birds and avian flu.
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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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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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New Multi-Agency Partnership Expands Black-Footed Ferret Recovery Efforts

A new agreement in the form of a memorandum of understanding between federal and state agencies has set the stage for an innovative effort to recover the black-footed ferret, one of the most endangered mammals in North America. The agreement seeks to engage more private landowners, including tribes, in recovery efforts for this species.
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