Fish and Wildlife Disease

USGS is the lead Federal agency for wildlife disease research and surveillance. Congress and our partners rely on our science to make informed decisions about fish and wildlife disease policy, planning and management. USGS scientists are developing advanced tools for disease diagnosis, surveillance, risk assessment and control. Cause-of-death investigations and next generation sequencing have led to the discovery of new pathogens. USGS research on diseases at the interface of wildlife, domestic animals and humans support public health (e.g., sylvatic plague) and domestic animal health (e.g., avian influenza). Our disease ecologists are also examining how climate change, invasive species and landscape changes are impacting disease dynamics.

National Contact

M. Camille Hopkins

mchopkins@usgs.gov

703-648-4019


Research

Avian Influenza

Avian Influenza

In 2014, USGS scientists detected three HPAI viruses for the first time in wild birds in North America.

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White-Nose Syndrome

White Nose Syndrome

As of September 2015, bats with WNS were confirmed in 26 states and five Canadian provinces.

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Chytrid Fungus (Bd, Bsal)

Chytrid Fungus

Chytrid fungus was identified 15 years ago as one of the primary causes of death for many amphibians.

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Sylvatic Plague

Sylvatic Plague

Sylvatic plague is a flea-borne bacterial disease of wild rodents.

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Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic Wasting Disease

Chronic wasting disease (CWD) affects cervids (elk, moose, mule deer, and white-tailed deer) throughout the U.S.

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Avian Malaria

Avian Malaria

Avian malaria is a mosquito-borne disease of birds caused by a protozoan parasite (Plasmodium relictum).

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Coral Diseases

Coral Diseases

Coral disease is now one of the major causes of reef degradation and coral mortality.

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Fish Diseases

Fish Diseases

USGS fish disease research is focused on developing advanced tools for rapid disease detection and control.

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Sea Star Wasting Disease

Sea Star Wasting Disease

Sea stars are dying off at dramatic rates across the West Coast from Baja California in Mexico to Alaska.

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Avian Botulism

Avian Botulism

Avian botulism is caused by the soil bacterium, Clostridium botulinum, and causes paralysis and death in birds.

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Disease Webinar Series

USGS and the Association for Fish and Wildlife Agencies are co-hosting a monthly webinar series on fish and wildlife disease.  The purpose of this series is to keep our partners informed about our current disease research and start a discussion to understand how USGS science can support disease management efforts.

Past Webinars