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13 October 2011 / REUTERS / Yereth Rosen

Mysterious disease killed scores of seals in Alaska

Barrow, Alaska, United States

A mysterious disease, possibly a virus, has afflicted ring seals along Alaska's coast, killing scores of them since July, local and federal agencies said on Thursday.

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A diseased ringed seal in Alaska is shown in this handout photo released to Reuters October 13, 2011.
REUTERS/North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management/Handout