How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?

How Did a Virus From the Atlantic Infect Mammals in the Pacific?

Thawing sea ice may have opened the door, allowing the infection to cross oceans, a new study suggests.

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By Karen Weintraub

Sea otters and seals in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Alaska, are infected with a virus that once was seen only in animals in the Atlantic…