Phocine distemper outbreak, The Netherlands, 2002

Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 Dec;11(12):1945-8. doi: 10.3201/eid1112.050596.

Abstract

During the 2002 phocine distemper epidemic, 2,284 seals, primarily harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), were found stranded along the Dutch coast. Stranding pattern varied with age, sex, state of decomposition, wind, and location. Cumulative proportion of deaths (54%) was comparable to that in the first reported epidemic in 1988.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Age Distribution
  • Animals
  • Disease Outbreaks*
  • Distemper / epidemiology*
  • Distemper / mortality
  • Distemper / virology
  • Distemper Virus, Phocine / isolation & purification
  • Female
  • Geography
  • Male
  • Netherlands / epidemiology
  • Phoca* / virology
  • Sex Distribution
  • Time Factors