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Bird Flu Is Infecting More Mammals. What Does That Mean for Us?

Posted on AllSides April 23rd, 2024
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Dead elephant seals at Punta Delgada in Argentina last October.Credit...
Ralph Vanstreels/UC Davis, via Associated Press

In her three decades of working with elephant seals, Dr. Marcela Uhart had never seen anything like the scene on the beaches of Argentina’s Valdés Peninsula last October.

It was peak breeding season; the beach should have been teeming with harems of fertile females and enormous males battling one another for dominance. Instead, it was “just carcass upon carcass upon carcass,” recalled Dr. Uhart, who directs the Latin American wildlife health program at the University of California, Davis.

H5N1, one of the many viruses that cause bird flu, had already...

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