Wildlife diseases

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

Services and information

  • 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.