Volume 17, Number 12—December 2011
Sealpox Virus in Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Facilities, North America, 2007–2009
|Species, age group, and residential status||No. animals|
|Sex||Facility location *||With sealpox†, n = 23||Total, N = 1,423|
|M, n = 780‡||F, n = 643§||Pacific coast, n = 1,198¶||Atlantic coast, n = 227#|
|California sea lion (Zalophus californianus)||365||301||662||4||8||666|
|Stellar sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus)||15||19||25||9||0||34|
|Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus)||26||15||38||3||0||41|
|Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris)||101||72||173||0||1||173|
|Ribbon seal (Histriophoca fasciata)||1||0||1||0||0||1|
|Hooded seal (Cystophora cristata)||3||1||0||4||0||4|
|Gray seal (Halichoerus grypus)||45||18||0||63||3||63|
|Harp seal (Phoca groenlandica)||17||18||0||35||0||35|
|Harbor seal (P. vitulina)||198||191||290||99||11||389|
|Ringed seal (P. hispida)||1||1||2||2||0||2|
|Spotted seal (P. largha)||2||0||2||0||0||2|
|Guadalupe fur seal (Arctocephalus gazella)||2||2||4||0||0||4|
|Bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus)||4||4||0||8||0||8|
|South American sea lion (Otaria flavescens)||0||1||1||0||0||1|
|Pup, <1 y of age||725||455||969||211||20||1,180|
*A total of 6 and 5 facilities each were located on the Pacific and Atlantic coasts, respectively.
†≈30 animals were reported to have sealpox, but information regarding species type, age group, and sex was available for only 23. Thus, only these 23 were included in the analysis. Of the 23 ill animals, 5 had laboratory-confirmed sealpox virus infection.
‡Fifteen of 780 animals were ill.
§Eight of 643 animals were ill.
¶Fourteen of 1,198 animals were ill.
#Nine of 225 animals were ill.
**Rescue/rehabilitation refers to pinnipeds that were brought in from the wild for rehabilitation; Resident/other refers to animals brought in for purposes other than rehabilitation.
1Current affiliation: George Washington University, Washington, DC, USA.