Latest Phocine distemper virus Stories

2008-12-03 13:40:00

Scientists say harbor seals (common seals) are vanishing along coastlines across the northern hemisphere at an alarming rate. Researchers from St Andrews University say numbers have halved in the hardest hit area, the Orkney Islands, since 2001 - falling almost 10% each year. Professor Ian Boyd of the Sea Mammal Research Unit said there would soon be no harbor seals left in some areas if the mysterious decline continues. Marine biologists currently have no explanation for the disappearances...

2008-10-20 21:00:14

Belgian scientists say they've found methylmercury, the main form of mercury found in the blood of marine mammals, might do more harm to seals than thought. Researchers led by Krishna Das of the University of Liege determined methylmercury, or MeHg, harms T-lymphocytes -- key cells in a seal's immune system. Similar results were also found for human lymphocytes. The researchers noted mercury exposure occurs both as a result of man-made pollution, as well as by natural events such as...

Latest Phocine distemper virus Reference Libraries

2011-02-23 17:16:23

Phocine distemper virus (PDV) is a pathogenic for pinniped species such as seals. Signs include labored breathing, fever, and nervous symptoms. It was first identified in 1988 as the cause of death of 18,000 harbour seals along the northern European coast. A PDV epidemic occurred again in 2002 along the North Sea coast resulted in the deaths of 21,700 seals. Numerous carnivorous mammal species in Canada have been found to have antibodies to PDV and CDV which shows that the virus spreads to...

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