Wildlife diseases

Whirling disease, West Nile Virus and other diseases that can affect wildlife.

Services and information

Alberta is monitoring bighorn sheep for evidence of disease.

Fish and wildlife in Alberta are occasionally affected by diseases and parasites.

Ongoing surveillance measures for avian influenza in wild birds, which can spread to domestic birds and poultry.

The prevalence of diseases in Alberta's bat population is extremely low and any risks to humans can be easily avoided.

Alberta hunters play an important role in monitoring for chronic wasting disease, a serious illness that kills members of the deer family.

Alberta's response team monitors West Nile virus, which is found in bird species and some mammals in southeastern Alberta.

Whirling disease is a disease of salmonid fish that has infected some trout and whitefish populations in Alberta.

Government programs monitor and manage bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis in wood bison in and around Wood Buffalo National Park.

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