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100-year-old specimens at California museum help determine when avian pox hit Galapagos
Date:1/13/2011

ation than before human arrival. The history of avipoxvirus on the Galapagos is an important data point for understanding this accelerated population-level extinction. The museum specimens demonstrate that shortly after its arrival, the virus was much more likely to be found on human-inhabited islands, suggesting that humans inadvertently helped it to spread.

"Now that we know that humans likely played a role in facilitating the spread of avian pox in the Galapagos, we'll be better equipped to develop policies designed to prevent further spread of the disease," says Dumbacher.


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Contact: Stephanie Stone
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415-379-5121
California Academy of Sciences
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