Regulatory News

Scientists from the University of British Columbia in Canada found a beluga whale on the west coast of the Arctic that was a carrier of the toxoplasma gondii parasite that can be found in cats and can cause blindness in humans. After the discovery a warning was issued to residents of the local community to not eat meat from cetaceans, a habit in the region. It is unclear how the aquatic mammal contracted the toxoplasma.

According to the researchers the presence of the parasite is evidence of how the climate change in the North Pole causes greater spread of pathogens (organisms that can cause diseases). According to molecular parasitologist Michael Grigg, who led the team responsible for the discovery, ice is a natural barrier to infectious agents, and the climate change allows the emergence of diseases in the arctic region that up to now have been nonexistent.

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