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    Polar bears have symptoms of mystery disease - U.S. agency



    By Yereth Rosen | Reuters
    Fri, Apr 6, 2012



    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - Symptoms of a mysterious disease that has killed scores of seals off Alaska and infected walruses are now showing up in polar bears, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said on Friday.

    Nine polar bears from the Beaufort Sea region near Barrow were found with patchy hair loss and oozing sores on their skin, similar to conditions found in diseased seals and walruses, the agency said in a statement.

    Unlike the sickened seals and walruses, the affected polar bears seem otherwise healthy, said Tony DeGange, chief of the biology office for the USGS's Alaska Science Center. There had been no deaths among polar bears, he said.

    The nine affected bears were among the 33 that biologists have captured and sampled while doing routine studies on the Arctic coastline, DeGange said.

    Patchy hair loss has been seen before in polar bears, but the high prevalence in those spotted by the researchers and the simultaneous problems in seal and walrus populations elevate the concern, he said.

    The USGS is coordinating with agencies studying the other animals to investigate whether there is a link, he said.

    "There's a lot we don't know yet, whether we're dealing with something that's different or something that's the same," he said.

    The disease outbreak was first noticed last summer. About 60 seals were found dead and another 75 diseased, according to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Most of the affected seals are ringed seals, but diseased ribbon, bearded and spotted seals were also found.

    Several walruses in northwestern Alaska were found with the disease, and some of those died as well, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

    The diseased seals and walruses, many of them juveniles, had labored breathing and lethargy as well as the bleeding sores, according to the experts. The agencies launched an investigation into the cause of the disease, which has also turned up in bordering areas of Canada and Russia.

    Preliminary studies showed that radiation poisoning is not the cause, temporarily ruling out a theory that the animals were sickened by contamination from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.

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    Preliminary studies showed that radiation poisoning is not the cause, temporarily ruling out a theory that the animals were sickened by contamination from the tsunami-wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan.
    Oh, sure. it couldn't be the most obvious answer. I'll bet you can expect those "preliminary studies" to be kept preliminary for a very long time, too. No reason to panic the people until they start glowing in the dark.

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    ...temporarily ruling out a theory......
    Until someone has the guts to state the facts.

    But then we've dumped enough toxins into the Great Toilet, it really could be something else,

    like an overboard container of viagra, or chinese dogfood....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Homesick777 View Post
    Oh, sure. it couldn't be the most obvious answer. I'll bet you can expect those "preliminary studies" to be kept preliminary for a very long time, too. No reason to panic the people until they start glowing in the dark.
    I believe you are right on in your thinking.
    Let's not panic the masses, so let's lie to them because we know that they are not smart eoungh to know the truth anyway.

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    Radiation sickness symptoms from the Mayo Clinic website:

    Later symptoms of radiation sickness
    Dizziness and disorientation -- -- Within 1 week Immediate
    Weakness, fatigue Within 4 weeks Within 1-4 weeks Within 1 week Immediate
    Hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, infections, poor wound healing, low blood pressure
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rad...CTION=symptoms
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy S. View Post
    Radiation sickness symptoms from the Mayo Clinic website:

    Later symptoms of radiation sickness
    Dizziness and disorientation -- -- Within 1 week Immediate
    Weakness, fatigue Within 4 weeks Within 1-4 weeks Within 1 week Immediate
    Hair loss, bloody vomit and stools, infections, poor wound healing, low blood pressure
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/rad...CTION=symptoms
    Interesting... Two possible sources could be the Japanese Nuclear power plant disaster and the entry of nuclear contamination into the aquatic food chain, but don't know if there is a connection with the critters around Japan and the ultimate food sources for the Alaskan animals involved. The other could be leakage from Russian nuclear weapons tests. I'm led to believe that a lot of Siberia is an environmental wasteland due to many shortsighted abuses... part of that area is polar bear country too, I think...
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    I wonder if it is caused by their love of drinking coke?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Homesick777 View Post
    Oh, sure. it couldn't be the most obvious answer. I'll bet you can expect those "preliminary studies" to be kept preliminary for a very long time, too. No reason to panic the people until they start glowing in the dark.
    Yep,it would probably scare the heck out of us if we knew everything that they keep from us.

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