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Tuesday, January 30 • 1:20pm - 1:40pm
SYMPOSIA-12: USGS National Wildlife Health Center Collaborations with Partners on Wildlife Disease Response

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AUTHORS. Barbara Bodenstein, US Geological Survey, National Wildlife Health Center

ABSTRACT. Wildlife mortality events usually occur unannounced and can become highly visible public affairs, depending upon the scale or species involved.  The effects of emerging wildlife diseases have the potential to be global and profound, often resulting in the loss of human lives, economic and agricultural impacts, declines in wildlife populations, and ecological disturbance. The impacts of these diseases also have the potential to increase burden on local, regional and national public, domestic animal and wildlife health infrastuctures.In 1975, the Federal government responded to the need for establishing national expertise in wildlife health by creating the National Wildlife Health Center (NWHC), a facility within the Department of the Interior (DOI); the NWHC is the only national center dedicated to wildlife disease detection, control, and prevention. Its mission is to provide national leadership to safeguard wildlife and eco­system health through active partnerships (primarily State, Federal and Tribal wildlife and land trust agencies) and exceptional science. Through this comprehensive program involving biomed­ical and ecological expertise and capabilities, the NWHC is a world leader in developing research solutions to the most deadly wildlife diseases, such as avian influenza, white-nose syndrome in bats, and other emerging diseases that have devastated wildlife populations and pose significant public health, domestic animal health and economic risks. This approach highlights coordinated efforts of multiple disciplines and agencies to understanding diseases and attaining optimal health for conservation of wildlife populations as well as people, animals, and our environment. The One Health concept provides a useful framework for creating the robust partnerships necessary to address these urgent issues of concern as stewards of the Nation's wildlife resources.

Tuesday January 30, 2018 1:20pm - 1:40pm CST