Neurological signs in juvenile harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) with fatal phocine distemper

Philippa, J. D. W.; van de Bildt, M. W. G.; Kuiken, T.; 't Hart, P.; Osterhaus, A. D. M. E.
March 2009
Veterinary Record: Journal of the British Veterinary Association;3/14/2009, Vol. 164 Issue 11, p327
Academic Journal
The article discusses the study on juvenile harbour seals that were diagnosed with phocine distemper virus (PDV) infection. It states that PDV is a pathogen that is highly contagious and has caused high mortality epidemics in the European harbour seal populations. It mentions that in 2002, about 22,000 seals has died from the PDV epidemic. It notes that among the criteria for euthanasia includes severe neurological signs evident in infected seals.


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