Clinical and pathological characterization of northern elephant seal skin disease.

  title={Clinical and pathological characterization of northern elephant seal skin disease.},
  author={Kimberlee Beth Beckmen and Linda J. Lowenstine and Jack Newman and Jennifer Hill and Keith Hanni and John G. Gerber},
  journal={Journal of wildlife diseases},
  volume={33 3},
From 1984 through 1992, staff at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC, Sausalito, California, USA) examined 207 northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) with a condition of unknown etiology called northern elephant seal skin disease (NESSD). The skin lesions were characterized by patchy to extensive alopecia and hyperpigmentation, punctate or coalescing epidermal ulceration, and occasionally, massive skin necrosis. Microscopic lesions included ulcerative dermatitis with hyperkeratosis… CONTINUE READING


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