RESOURCE: Disease in the Wild

Science  24 Mar 2006:
Vol. 311, Issue 5768, pp. 1685
DOI: 10.1126/science.311.5768.1685d

A threat is stalking North America's deer and elk—chronic wasting disease (CWD). Triggered by the infectious proteins called prions, the brain-devastating ailment has attacked wild and captive animals in 14 U.S. states and Canadian provinces since the late 1960s. Find out more about CWD and other wildlife illnesses at this online clearinghouse from the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center.

Aimed at resource managers, researchers, and the public, the site's nine major sections describe maladies that afflict North American animals in nature, including several such as plague and West Nile fever that can jump to humans. Each section offers fact sheets, abstracts of recent papers, links to news updates, and other resources. For instance, you can check out the latest map of CWD's spread and learn more about its risks to humans. Other mapping features allow you to, say, chart 50 years' worth of avian cholera outbreaks.

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