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December 02, 2019 - Mongabay

Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic opens new pathways for animal disease

Shrinking sea ice in the Arctic opens new pathways for animal disease
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Climate change could be carving a path for dangerous diseases through the Arctic, allowing them to spread between species of susceptible marine mammals, according to a recent study.

Researchers have connected rises in the transmission of phocine distemper virus through seal, sea lion and otter populations to the loss of ice around the Arctic, reporting their work Nov. 7 in the journal Scientific Reports.

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