Disease threatens sea turtle population in Texas area

08/23/2010 | Brownsville Herald (Texas), The

Fibropapilloma, a type of herpes that affects the sea turtle population, has been detected in nine sea turtles in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. "The disease is not fatal, but when the tumors begin to grow over the eyes and flippers, they can sometimes impede feeding and normal movement," making them more susceptible to starvation and other threats, said a veterinarian from Corpus Christi.

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