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Media Advisory: USGS Congressional Briefing: Global Threats from Emerging Wildlife Diseases and Invasive Species
Released: 11/15/2011 12:00:00 PM

Contact Information:
U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Geological Survey
Office of Communications and Publishing
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr, MS 119
Reston, VA 20192
Marisa  Lubeck 1-click interview
Phone: 303-202-4765

Decision makers across the U.S. and internationally are increasingly confronted with the vexing problems of invasive species and wildlife diseases. Many diseases that threaten human, animal, and ecosystem health, including avian influenza, West Nile virus, and plague, have a wildlife connection. Minimizing economic and wildlife losses and the associated negative ecological and health impacts depends on having technical expertise, providing knowledgeable guidance, and timely intervention. 

What: Media are invited to hear how the U.S. Geological Survey and its partners are working to meet the challenges of conducting cutting edge scientific research and providing information and technical expertise to the public and scientific community regarding national and international wildlife health.

Who: Dr. Jonathan Sleeman, Director, USGS National Wildlife Health Center
Dr. Brenda Moraska Lafrancois, National Park Service
Drs. Billy Karesh and Jonathan Epstein, EcoHealth Alliance

Where: Rayburn House Office Building
45 Independence Ave. SW
Room 2325
Washington, D.C.

When: Friday, Nov. 18
10 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Sponsor: Congresswoman Tammy Baldwin

Host: Go to:
EcoHealth Alliance

The USGS National Wildlife Health Center investigates wildlife mortality events throughout the country in order to detect new and emerging wildlife diseases, provide an early warning system for such diseases, and generate information to help manage disease events when they occur. Current work at the NWHC involves avian influenza, West Nile virus, plague, white-nose syndrome in bats, and prions that cause chronic wasting disease in deer and elk.

The USGS works closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, other federal and state agencies, and non-profit organizations to monitor and understand the threats of such diseases nationally and globally.

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