Today's Science Word: Epizootic

| Wed May 6, 2009 6:24 PM EDT

Sobering news today from ABC Science Online, via Discovery.com:

An epizootic—the wildlife equivalent of a human epidemic—of black band disease has appeared in the Great Barrier Reef, say Australian researchers.
Scientists, who have been monitoring the progress of the disease, say this the first time an epizootic of this type has been documented in Australian waters.

Read Julia Whitty's excellent Fate of the Oceans piece for some sorely needed context on today's news about our seas.

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