[Disease/Condition] Case Definition [Template] for Wildlife

Techniques and Methods 19-A1
Prepared in cooperation with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative
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Diagnostic laboratories receive carcasses and samples for diagnostic evaluation and pathogen/toxin detection. Case definitions bring clarity and consistency to the evaluation process. Their use within and between organizations allows more uniform reporting of diseases and etiologic agents. The intent of a case definition is to provide scientifically based criteria for determining (a) if an individual carcass has a specific disease and degree of confidence in that diagnosis and (b) if there is evidence of a pathogen or toxin in a carcass or sample (for example, swab, tissue sample, skin scraping, blood/serum sample, environmental sample, or other). This case definition template can be used for any disease/pathogen for any species. An editable version of this template is available for download at https://doi.org/10.3133/tm19A1.

Suggested Citation

Miller, K.J.G., Parmley, E.J., Ballmann, A., Buckner, J., Jones, M., Lankton, J.S., Zimmer, M., and Lankau, E., 2024, [Disease/condition] case definition [template] for wildlife: U.S. Geological Survey Techniques and Methods, book 19, chap. A1, 8 p., https://doi.org/10.3133/tm19A1.

ISSN: 2328-7055 (online)

Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Scope of the Case Definition
  • Case Definition Criteria
  • Case Classification
  • Quality-Assurance Review Schedule
  • Impact
  • References Cited
  • Glossary
Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title [Disease/condition] case definition [template] for wildlife
Series title Techniques and Methods
Series number 19-A1
DOI 10.3133/tm19A1
Year Published 2024
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) National Wildlife Health Center
Description Report: vi, 8 p.; Editable Template
Online Only (Y/N) Y
Additional Online Files (Y/N) Y
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