Scientists have named the probable cause of infection of the Baikal seal

(ORDO NEWS) — Sick pets or birds could cause infection of the Baikal seal with a dangerous virus – parvovirus enteritis, the lethality of which reaches 60%.

This was reported on March 1 by the Gorod Bratsk telegram channel, citing Maria Suslova, senior researcher at the Aquatic Microbiology Laboratory of the Limnological Institute.

“The source [of infection] can be dogs, birds, from which [the virus] can get into the water. All this is washed away into the rivers, then from the rivers it enters Baikal, ”the scientist explained.

Parvovirus enteritis is widespread among domestic animals, but in them this disease can be prevented. According to Anna Pliska, head of the department of bacterial and parasitic diseases of the Irkutsk Interregional Veterinary Laboratory, it is practically impossible to do this in the wild, it is physically impossible to vaccinate all seals in Baikal.

Mass infection of seals with this virus has not yet been registered, but if it spreads, then there will be a case of endemic.

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