John L. Pilon

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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)
Preservative-treated wood is used in the construction of decks, docks, bridges, landscape structures, fencing, shoreline protection walls, utility poles, building foundations, outdoor furniture, highway signs and posts, crash rail posts and a myriad of other outdoor uses. It is important that wood to be used in or near water is specified, treated, handled(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)
Prion diseases such as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, chronic wasting disease, and scrapie pose serious risks to human and animal health due to a host of disease-specific factors, including the resistance of infectious prions (PrP(Sc)) to natural degradation and to most commercial inactivation procedures. In an attempt to address this concern, a mouse(More)
  • Maureen Mcdonough, Georgia Peterson, +14 authors Tom Rozich
  • 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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