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.

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