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How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?

WorldNews Monday, 11 November 2019
How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?Sea otters and seals in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Alaska, are infected with a virus that once was seen only in animals in the Atlantic. A new study suggests that melting ice in the Arctic may be to blame — and that climate change may help spread the disease to new areas and new animals. Tracey Goldstein, a biologist at the University of California, Davis, got curious when sea otters in the Pacific tested positive for phocine distemper virus — a cousin of canine distemper virus — in 2004, two years after a major outbreak among European harbor...
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