Starfish, salamanders, antelopes, elk and dogs are all experiencing large die-offs that have scientists baffled.
Ohio State Veterinarian, Dr. Tony Forshey, said the following about the death of the dogs:
Our results indicate that circovirus, alone or in co-infection with other pathogens, might contribute to illness and death in dogs.
Not all infected dogs died, and the virus has been seen in dogs that appear healthy, indicating that some dogs may have an immunity to the virus.
Viruses and bacteria that commonly infect just one animal species can evolve and “jump” from that species to another; this process is known as zoonosis.
Medical experts believe that influenza, HIV, Ebola and dozens of other zoonotic diseases once only infected pigs, apes or other animals, but these viruses are now common among humans. Bats, in particular, are known as carriers of viral infections.
Recent research suggests bats are reservoirs for more than 60 viruses that can also infect humans, and host more viruses per species than even rodents do.
Thus far, no explanation has been offered for the other die-offs happening around the globe. Scientists are looking at predation, fungi and even the vampire beast El Chupacabra, who nobody as yet has proven even exists.
Whatever killed the New Mexico Elk was apparently neither a chemical spill nor a flesh-eating fungus, though the deaths remain a genuine mystery, at least so far. Tissue and blood samples are still being analyzed, and scientists hope to have answers soon.
Chris Carrington is a writer, researcher and lecturer with a background in science, technology and environmental studies. Chris is an editor for The Daily Sheeple, where this first appeared. Wake the flock up!
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