Dual parasitic infections deadly to marine mammals – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. A recent study has examined some of the more than 5,000 dead marine mammals reported on the coastal beaches of the Pacific Northwest.
Grigg: What was intriguing was that we found that some of them were infected with sarcocystis and others were infected with toxoplasma.
Narrator: Dr. Michael Grigg, an investigator at NIH, says there is an association between severe illness and infection with the parasites.
Grigg: These parasites are active in the brain and in the spinal fluid.
Narrator: He says they’re usually found in land animals adding that the dual-infection in marine mammals proved deadly. For details on this study and research on these parasites, visit www.niaid.nih.gov. Health Matters is produced by the National Institutes of Health, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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