A pandemic of the animal kingdom? Bird flu outbreak spreads to marine mammal populations
A chicken is depicted being tested for Bird Flu using an oropharyngeal swab.(Via Wikimedia Commons) While humans worry about the impending threats of COVID-19 and monkeypox, seals in the northeastern United States might have a different virus to worry about: bird flu. The marine mammals have come down this summer with a new strain of H5N1, which is believed to have spilled over to them from birds.