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posted by Cactus on Sunday February 16 2014, @02:56AM   Printer-friendly
from the delicious-exotic-meats dept.
Appalbarry writes:

Inuit whalers are being warned away from eating raw meat (muktuk) from Beluga whales after researchers at the University of British Columbia's Marine Mammal Research Unit identified infection in whales by the parasite Toxoplasma gondii.

Toxoplasma is usually identified as being carried by cats and is often cited as a reason why pregnant women should not clean out litter boxes. According to the CDC, effects of toxoplasmosis related illness can range from "flu-like symptoms" to "causing damage to the brain, eyes, or other organs".

Speculation is that the rising temperatures in the Arctic are allowing new pathogens to spread to the North. "Ice is a significant ecological barrier and it influences the way in which pathogens can be transmitted in nature and your risk of exposure" said molecular parasitologist Michael Grigg. "What we're finding with the changes ongoing in the Arctic is that we're getting new pathogens emerging to cause diseases in the region that haven't been there before."

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  • (Score: 5, Funny) by EvilOverlord on Sunday February 16 2014, @03:36AM

    by EvilOverlord (23) on Sunday February 16 2014, @03:36AM (#192) Journal
    lol! I love it. Keep up the good work!
    • (Score: -1, Troll) by NCommander on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:10AM

      by NCommander (2) Subscriber Badge <michael@casadevall.pro> on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:10AM (#197) Homepage Journal
      Test post to make sure mod points go away WHEN you post.
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      • (Score: 2, Funny) by mattie_p on Sunday February 16 2014, @08:13AM

        by mattie_p (13) on Sunday February 16 2014, @08:13AM (#228) Journal

        Wow, so someone downmodded our lead developer? Baller.

        Also, I'd totally eat raw whale meat, once.

  • (Score: 5, Insightful) by Covalent on Sunday February 16 2014, @03:38AM

    by Covalent (43) on Sunday February 16 2014, @03:38AM (#193) Journal

    ... Cats??? Is this the Beluga's revenge for years of becoming food for people?

    Seriously, though...this is just another piece of evidence that we are screwing up the planetary ecosystem. How much evidence is required for us to do something significant about it?

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    • (Score: 1) by similar_name on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:18AM

      by similar_name (71) on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:18AM (#199)

      "How much evidence is required for us to do something significant about it?"

      'Growing oranges in Kansas' popped into my head. I just can't decide if that's evidence or the modern version of doing something significant about it.
    • (Score: 1) by toygeek on Sunday February 16 2014, @08:59AM

      by toygeek (28) on Sunday February 16 2014, @08:59AM (#240) Homepage
      We don't need to do anything. Global warming is fake!
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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by AudioGuy on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:38AM

    by AudioGuy (24) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 16 2014, @04:38AM (#201) Journal

    "Speculation is that the rising temperatures in the Arctic are allowing new pathogens to spread to the North. "

    -That- should be 'interesting'. Who knows how amany Black Plagues from pre-history are buried under the arctic ice.

    Never mind the extraterrestrials...

  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Maow on Sunday February 16 2014, @07:04AM

    by Maow (8) on Sunday February 16 2014, @07:04AM (#216) Homepage

    Another example of the Inuit people (among others of the far northern lattitudes) gaining all the nastiness of industrial society minus the benefits of jobs, much access to consumer goods, etc.

    Imagine if you didn't live within thousands of miles of a single factory, yet were told that your pregnant women were not to eat fish due to mercury, etc. toxicity? I'd be outraged.

    Another example would be the communities situated north of the tar sands projects. Water in the McKenzie river system flows north, taking the pollutants with it. And should one of the containment ponds rupture - heaven help those that have lived in the region for hundreds of generations; things will never be the same.