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Wildlife officials first became concerned in September 2011, when seals with severe pneumonia and skin lesions suddenly appeared along the coastline from southern Maine to northern Massachusetts. Most were infants (less than 6 months), and a total of 162 dead or moribund seals were recovered over the next 3 months. Pathogen screening was conducted in a subset of afflicted seals, using sensitive diagnostic tools developed at the CII, and a new strain of avian H3N8 influenza virus was identified as a culprit.
This is my first real thread, so please be gentle!
Oops. Didn't realize this was posted yesterday, even though I did do an ATS search for it....
Mine has a different link, but the info is the same.
Here is the other thread: