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Rare Strain Of Parasite Could Pose Danger To Humans

  • A rare and unusually powerful strain of a parasite commonly found in cat feces killed four otters on the California coast, a finding researchers described Wednesday as unprecedented and potentially dangerous to humans and other animals.
  • researchers described the preliminary findings in a news release as a “complete surprise” and said the rare strain of the parasite, known as Toxoplasma gondii, has never before been seen in sea otters or any other aquatic mammal or bird.