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Belugas Infected with “Kitty Litter Disease”
By Angela Messina, February 19, 2014 @ 02:20 PM (EST)
Source: New Scientist

Atlantic belugas have been found to be infected with Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite that is commonly spread through cat feces. This is bad news for Inuit people who hunt belugas and depend on their meat for food.  

Scientists believe the outbreak is due to the melting of sea ice in the Arctic, which normally prevents the spread of pathogens. In the past, dolphins and sea otters have also been known to be infected by the parasite.

Although the parasite doesn’t always manifest symptoms in infected humans, it can be dangerous to those with already compromised immune systems.

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