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Friday, January 17, 2003

The RSPCA has said an outbreak of distemper which killed 100s of seals has come to an end.

About 1,500 seals in the Wash have died, estimated to be about half the population on the East Coast of England.

Pollution it thought to have caused problems by weakening the seals' immune systems and making them more vulnerable to the phocine distemper virus...

See the St. Andrew's University Sea Mammal Research Unit, Wadden Sea Secretariat - Seal Deaths 2002 + Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre websites for more information.