In Chukotka, killing seals



3.05.12.Veterinary Chukotka found no pathogens dangerous for people in the samples taken from seals killed by the outbreak still unknown skin disease.

The samples also were found exceeding the permissible level of radioactive isotopes.
Recall that the high incidence of skin disease ringed seal (Akiba) began to report to the county residents of coastal villages of the Chukchi and Bering seas in the second half of 2011.

Sick animals are selected on the coast, near the usual podpuskaya human and terrestrial predators. The main symp-toms of the disease are hair loss, sores around the eyes, nose and rear fins, axial bleeding scars on the body, apathetic behavior. Such cases are recorded in Alaska, where they found more than 150 seals with signs similar skin disease.
As the head of the veterinary Chukotka Levan Sirabidze specialists veterinary service selected four samples from the dead and taken animals with signs of damage to the skin. Of these, two samples were taken in the village of Lawrence, and one sample in the villages and Sireniki Lorino.
— Carried in the District Veterinary Laboratory studies have excluded the presence of such material hazardous to human and animal diseases such as salmonellosis, pasteurellosis, colibacillosis, trichinosis, and fungal diseases — said Sirabidze. — In addition, studies in the presence of radioactive isotopes, carried out in the district center of hygiene and epidemiology Rospot-rebnadzora showed that their content in pathological material is ten times lower than the maximum permissible values.
According to him, in 2012, do the work of monitoring the incidence of marine mammals will be continued, for which the District Department of Agriculture policy and management and Chukotka Branch of Pacific Research Fisheries Centre (ChukotTINRO) prepare an agreement on cooperation in this regard.
In turn, the District Veterinary Office is the technique of selection and preservation of samples from diseased animals, as well as plan for their delivery to the veterinary laboratory for further preparation for transport to the virology center.
Also veterinarians Chukotka distributed warning, which is not recommended to eat meat derived from infected animals with signs of unusual behavior and have skin lesions, including alopecia large areas of the body. The meat is allowed to feed the dogs, but only after a preliminary heat treatment.

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At present the number of ringed seal population to which the fishing sea-mammal hunters district in the Russian zone of the Bering Sea is about 170,000 individuals, Chukchi — not less than 60 thousand.

Source: newspaper "Far North"

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