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Great Barrier Reef tourist pollution may be causing turtle-specific herpes outbreak

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Jul 08, 2016 01:05 AM
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by Cat DiStasio last modified Jul 07, 2016

Pollution may be the cause of a peculiar form of herpes currently plaguing sea turtles living near the Great Barrier Reef. Researchers at James Cook University in Australia have been mapping the outbreak and found a hotspot in a small part of Cockle Bay frequented by tourists. There, more than half of the turtles exhibit symptoms of the viral disease, while it is much more rare in other parts of the Reef. Researchers think the high number of cases is linked to contamination from tourist activity. Outside...






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