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Pandemic Swine Flu Virus Found in Seals

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The swine flu virus that caused a 2009 pandemic has been found in elephant seals off the central California coast, according to new research. The study, published in the journal PLoS ONE, is the first report of the virus H1N1 in any marine mammal. Researchers are now being advised to wear protective personal gear when working around marine mammals, to avoid the possibility of infection.

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