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Swine Flu From 2009 Pandemic Also Struck Sea Otters

Posted on Apr 29, 2014 in Environment

Scientists say finding shows marine animals may be yet another host of flu viruses. FRIDAY, April 11, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Sea otters off the western coast of the United States were infected by the H1N1 swine flu virus that caused a human pandemic in 2009, new research shows. During a 2011 project to monitor the health of northern sea otters off the coast of Washington state, researchers found evidence that many had been infected with the virus. Seventy percent of the otters studied had antibodies for the 2009 H1N1 virus in their blood, which means they were previously exposed to...

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