National Wildlife Health Center

...advancing wildlife and ecosystem health

Epidemiological Services

Professionals at the NWHC include wildlife biologists, veterinarians, statisticians, epidemiologists, and informatics specialists. This multidisciplinary group conducts investigations and disease ecology studies of emerging and recurring priority wildlife diseases, maintains and analyzes comprehensive information on wildlife disease events, and provides response and management consultation and training for external partners. This Branch provides the following services to NWHC partners (some may require additional resources):

  • Technical assistance and consultation for wildlife disease events:
    • Provide recommendations for diagnostic evaluation, including specimen collection and shipment, of wildlife morbidity and mortality events
    • Assist partners with interpretation of the significance and implications of diagnostic findings
    • Provide response and management recommendations to minimize the impact of pathogens and disease on wildlife, domestic animals, humans and the environment
    • Provide field support to assist partners with outbreak investigations (sample and data collection, disease control, risk communication, etc.) to determine cause and contributing factors for new and unusual mortality events
  • Wildlife disease coordination and training
    • Provide partner agencies with information and training materials including workshops, disease contingency plans, and scientific products that address a variety of emerging and recurring wildlife disease issues
    • Serve on technical working groups and committees to address wildlife disease issues of regional or national significance
  • Wildlife disease monitoring and surveillance
    • Develop and coordinate enhanced surveillance programs for wildlife diseases of importance to USGS and partners
    • Develop and maintain information management systems that facilitate long-term data collections on wildlife morbidity and mortality events and data sharing among partners
  • Applied wildlife disease ecology investigations
    • Evaluate wildlife disease surveillance programs and disease data systems
    • Provide quantitative and descriptive epidemiological and trend (e.g., spatial and temporal) analyses to partners
    • Collaborate with partners on study design, collection and statistical analysis of data, and interpretation and dissemination of results for wildlife epidemiological studies
    • Develop and conduct collaborative studies to examine wildlife disease transmission dynamics, risk factors to mitigate or prevent wildlife morbidity and mortality, and efficacy of disease control strategies.

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