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Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study


Research Lab

Research accomplishments of SCWDS have been recognized nationally and internationally. The parasites and diseases affecting every major resident game mammal and upland game bird in the southeastern United States have been studied. Disease and parasite problems that appear during basic surveys, diagnostic activities, or field investigations have become topics for more in-depth study. Results of these studies have extensive practical application in wildlife management, domestic livestock and poultry production, and public health policy.

Research projects form an integral part of SCWDS activities and are implemented as wildlife, livestock or human health disease concerns warrant. Examples of some major SCWDS research efforts include:

  • Ecology of avian influenza virus in waterfowl and shorebirds
  • Methods to assess and reduce health risks of translocating wild animals
  • Ecology of tick-borne zoonoses such as human ehrlichioses
  • West Nile Virus infections in wild birds
  • Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy of eagles
  • Hemorrhagic disease in white-tailed deer
  • Methodologies for oral rabies vaccinations
  • Biological and molecular characterization of Trypansosoma cruzi from the United States
  • Diversity of piroplasms in wildlife
  • Natural history of vesicular stomatitis virus
  • Baseline disease surveys of wild mammals and birds across the Southeast

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