Comparison of the 1988 and 2002 phocine distemper epizootics in British harbour seal Phoca vitulina populations.

@article{Lonergan2010ComparisonOT,
  title={Comparison of the 1988 and 2002 phocine distemper epizootics in British harbour seal Phoca vitulina populations.},
  author={Mike Lonergan and Ailsa J. Hall and Hal Thompson and Paul M. Thompson and Paddy P. Pomeroy and J. Harwood},
  journal={Diseases of aquatic organisms},
  year={2010},
  volume={88 3},
  pages={183-8}
}
In 1988 and 2002 dramatic and well-documented phocine distemper epizootics occurred in Europe. While their progression and impact were remarkably similar and consistent over much of Europe, mortality in the UK varied greatly between and within the 2 epizootics. We use antibody levels in blood samples to show that 51% (Bayesian 95% CI: 41 to 61%) of the individuals alive in 5 UK harbour seal populations at the end of the 1988 epizootic had been exposed to the virus, and that the equivalent… CONTINUE READING

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