January 14, 2013

Brain Cancer Virus Hits West Coast Raccoons

Brandon Keim, Wired

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An outbreak of a previously unknown virus that causes fatal brain cancer in raccoons has been detected in northern California and southern Oregon.

Tumors and the new virus were found in 10 raccoons autopsied between March 2010 and May 2012. Nothing like them had been seen before in raccoons, in which tumors are very rare.

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TAGGED: Raccoons, Virus, Brain Cancer