Speaker: Alissa C. Deming DVM, MS, PhD, Vice President of Conservation Medicine and Science, Pacific Marine Mammal Center
Did you know that California sea lions have one of the highest rates of cancer of all wildlife species? Over 20% of adult sea lions necropsied at rehabilitation centers in California are diagnosed with urogenital carcinoma. This cancer starts in the genital tract (cervical cancer or penial cancer) and rapidly spread to various organs, resulting in death. Research has found that a sexually transmitted herpesvirus combined with high levels of contaminants are responsible for this high rate of cancer. This presentation will discuss where infectious disease and environmental health meet, as well as discuss how we can use wildlife as an indicator for ecosystem health.
Made possible by the generous support of Elizabeth A. Lawrence Endowed Fund
About Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy
The mission of the Tufts Center for Animals and Public Policy is to conduct and encourage the study of complex issues surrounding the changing role and impact of animals in society. The Center supports the development and dissemination of research-driven policies, programs, and practices that benefit both people and animals.
Work conducted by the Center is based on the tenets that animal well-being matters, that animal and human well-being are linked and that both are enhanced through improved understanding of human-animal relationships.
(Featured Images from Pacific Marine Mammal Center)