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Swine Flu Discovered in Marine Mammals

Swine flu: Not just for pigs anymore Photo: Mike Baird

Scientists have recently published a paper  revealing that Northern elephant seals in California contracted swine flu (H1N1) during the epidemic that affected thousands of people in 2010.  This is the first time that this virus has been discovered in marine mammals, establishing Northern elephant seals as vectors for human pandemics and determining that this strain of influenza can travel between species.


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