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Canine Virus Blamed in Caspian Seal Deaths

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Science  22 Sep 2000:
Vol. 289, Issue 5487, pp. 2017-2018
DOI: 10.1126/science.289.5487.2017a

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Canine distemper virus has been identified as the most likely cause of a die-off of thousands of seals in the Caspian Sea earlier this year. Although the findings by two independent research groups allay fears of a threat to humans, they heighten concerns about the survival of the imperiled species.