HealthDay - "H1N1 Flu Virus Detected in Seals Off California Coast"

 – May 16, 2013  –– 

Flu-causing H1N1 virus has been discovered in marine animals — specifically seals — for the first time. The H1N1 virus originated in pigs, and the resulting infection was known as swine flu. "The study of influenza virus infections in unusual hosts, such as elephant seals, is likely to provide us with clues to understand the ability of influenza virus to jump from one host to another and initiate pandemics," said Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, director of the Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Learn more