Melting Arctic ice accelerates spread of deadly virus in marine mammals
Friday, 8 November 2019 Washington DC (UPI) Nov 07, 2019
New research suggests the loss of sea ice in the Arctic is aiding the spread of a deadly virus among marine mammals. In 2002, the phocine distemper virus, or PDV, infected and killed thousands of harbor seals in the North Atlantic. Two years later, scientists identified the virus in northern sea otters in Alaska. The latest research, a 15-year study published Thursday in the jour
As the planet warms, Arctic ice continues to thaw at a rapid rate, threatening sea life across the globe.
A new study shows the disappearance of Arctic sea ice has allowed a deadly virus to spread among seal and otter populations.
The phocine distemper virus was previously limited to the Atlantic...