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Veterinary Pathologist Comments on Stingray Deaths

Aug 14, 2019 / In the News

Chicago Tribune (Aug. 9) – Karen Terio, chief of the University of Illinois program, said her lab tested the samples and “there was no evidence of anything infectious, contagious or inflammatory.” https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/breaking/ct-shedd-stingray-deaths-20190809-k6wda5kifffqpmk3hvztk7pm2q-story.html

New Shell-Eating Fungus Identified in Turtles

Aug 5, 2019 / In the News

The Wildlife Society (Aug. 1) – “By causing damage to the shell, it essentially could be a portal by which bacteria could enter and make an animal sick,” said Karen Terio, a clinical professor and chief of the Zoological Pathology Program at the University of Illinois and co-author of a study published recently in the...

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Zoological Pathology Program Monitors Canine Distemper Outbreak

May 24, 2019 / General News

Disease can be transmitted from wildlife to pets “Zombie” raccoons are in the news again in Cook County. Called zombies because they stagger around and show abnormal behaviors, the raccoons are not undead but infected with a virus: canine distemper virus. This virus may infect a variety of wildlife, including coyotes, foxes, and skunks in...

[chimps copyright: Jane Goodall Inst.; Bill Wallauer

Illinois Part of Gombe Chimp Project

Feb 22, 2019 / In the News

Mongabay (Feb. 22) – The Gombe Ecosystem Health Project was born at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo. … [Organizers] were soon joined by disease ecologist Thomas Gillespie (now a professor at Emory University) who brought his expertise in infectious diseases among primates to the team. The trio then joined forces with a parallel effort, led by...

[Dr. Kathleen Colegrove helps with an assessment of a Gulf of Mexico dolphin]

Illinois Researcher Leads Investigation on Dolphin Health

Mar 27, 2018 / General News

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill is considered one of the worst human-induced environmental disasters in history. Nearly 800 million liters of oil poured into the Gulf of Mexico, killing thousands of marine-dwelling species. In an effort to further understand how the toxic effects of oil have impacted dolphins and other marine mammals in the...

[dead baby dolphin on a beach]

Study Links Fetal and Newborn Dolphin Deaths to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Apr 12, 2016 / Research News

Scientists have finalized a five-year study of newborn and fetal dolphins found stranded on beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2013. Their study, reported in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, identified substantial differences between fetal and newborn dolphins found stranded inside and outside the areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater...

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Researchers Link Dolphin Deaths to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

May 20, 2015 / Research News

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dolphins found stranded on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were much more likely to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage “consistent with petroleum product exposure” than dolphins stranded elsewhere and prior to the spill, researchers report. One in five dolphins from the spill zone also...

Team Studies Immune Response of Asian Elephants Infected with a Human Disease

Jul 16, 2014 / Research News

Findings suggest a faster and more reliable way to diagnose TB in captive elephants Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis in humans, also afflicts Asian (and occasionally other) elephants. Diagnosing and treating elephants with TB is a challenge, however, as little is known about how their immune systems respond to the infection. A new...