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  •  "he started bleeding from his ears and nose (9+ / 0-)

    and suffering from a heavy cough. “I ain’t got no money for a doctor,” "
    Um, bleeding from your ears is pretty serious shit. Not having health care is worse.

    It probably is brucella ceti killing dolphins (I don't know if that strain is transmissible to other mammals). Whether oil toxicity, migratory changes or other factors are additional primary or secondary causes should be researched until the cause(es) are nailed down. Just a goddamn tragedy for aquatic mammals, fish and people.

    Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

    by the fan man on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:07:11 AM PST

    •  Marine brucellosis IS transmissable to humans (3+ / 0-)
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      lgmcp, davidincleveland, JVolvo

      and other mammals.

      3. Sohn AH, Probert WS, Glaser CA, Gupta N, Bollen AW, Wong JD, et al. Human neurobrucellosis with intracerebral granuloma caused by a marine mammal Brucella spp. Emerg Infect Dis 2003;9:485–8. [PMC free article] [PubMed]

      4. Perrett LL, Brew SD, Stack JA, MacMillan AP, Bashiruddin JB Experimental assessment of the pathogenicity of Brucella strains from marine mammals for pregnant sheep. Small Rumin Res 2004;51:221–8. doi: 10.1016/S0921-4488(03)00233-5. [Cross Ref]

      You are still far more likely to get brucellosis from drinking contaminated raw milk than from a sick dolphin (and both are rare events).

      Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree. -Martin Luther

      by the fan man on Wed Feb 27, 2013 at 08:50:06 AM PST

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