WHISPers—Providing Situational Awareness of Wildlife Disease Threats to the Nation—A Fact Sheet for the Biosurveillance Community

Fact Sheet 2022-3022
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Solutions for emerging infectious disease and bioterror threats can be improved by incorporating integrated biodefense strategies, including improved surveillance for animal and zoonotic diseases, strong national leadership, and effective management tools. Active biosurveillance for disease events is key to early detection, warning, and overall situational awareness and enables better communication, coordination, decision making, and data-driven responses. The national biosurveillance infrastructure has well-established channels for human and domestic animal health data through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and U.S. Department of Agriculture, and State, county, and local authorities. Wildlife disease information, however, has been more challenging to acquire and access, in part, due to the comparatively small infrastructure and resources dedicated to wildlife health and also because regulatory authority for wildlife and wildlife health is split among Federal, State, Tribal, and indigenous natural resource authorities. To address these issues, the Wildlife Health Information Sharing Partnership-event reporting system (WHISPers; https://whispers.usgs.gov) was developed by the U.S. Geological Survey National Wildlife Health Center to promote collaboration and sharing of wildlife health information and to provide situational awareness and timely information about wildlife disease threats. WHISPers is a free science gateway and data portal that provides interactive query, display, reporting, and export capabilities for wildlife health event summary information.

Suggested Citation

Richards, B.J., Kimberli, J.M., and White, C. LeAnn, 2022, WHISPers—Providing situational awareness of wildlife disease threats to the Nation—A fact sheet for the biosurveillance community: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2022–3022, 4 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/fs20223022.

ISSN: 2327-6932 (online)

ISSN: 2327-6916 (print)

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Table of Contents

  • Biosurveillance and Wildlife Disease Event Data
  • Partners in Biosurveillance
  • Beyond Wildlife Disease
  • References Cited
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title WHISPers—Providing situational awareness of wildlife disease threats to the Nation—A fact sheet for the biosurveillance community
Series title Fact Sheet
Series number 2022-3022
DOI 10.3133/fs20223022
Year Published 2022
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description 4 p.
Country United States
Online Only (Y/N) N
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