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Raccoons (Procyon lotor) are common, widely distributed animals that frequently come into contact with wild waterfowl, agricultural operations, and humans. Serosurveys showed that raccoons are exposed to avian influenza virus. We found antibodies to a variety of influenza virus subtypes (H10N7, H4N6, H4N2, H3, and H1) with wide geographic variation in(More)
Chronic wasting disease (CWD) is a transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) of domestic and wild cervids in North America. To address possible prevention regimens for CWD, we have used a mouse model system and the Rocky Mountain Laboratory (RML) mouse-adapted scrapie prion strain to screen efficacy of potential vaccine candidates. Three peptides(More)
Avian scavengers, such as American crows (Corvus brachyrhynchos), have potential to translocate infectious agents (prions) of transmissible spongiform encephalopathy (TSE) diseases including chronic wasting disease, scrapie, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy. We inoculated mice with fecal extracts obtained from 20 American crows that were force-fed(More)
  • Maureen Mcdonough, Georgia Peterson, Sherry Mackinnon, Dnr-Wildlife Brian Mastenbrook, Dnr-Wildlife William O 'neill, Dnr-Forest +11 others
  • 2005
Purpose The purpose of the document is to describe the process developed by the Biodiversity Conservation Committee (BCC) 1 to establish a network of functional representative Michigan ecosystems on a portion of Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) administered lands. It also establishes a strategy to conserve biological diversity on all(More)
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