According to the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, there has been an increase in the number of California sea lions that have become stranded along the Oregon Coast as a result of leptospirosis.
The disease known as leptospirosis is caused by naturally occurring bacteria that have the ability to infect humans as well as pets, livestock, and wild animals.
Because dogs have the biggest danger of contracting the disease, beachgoers are strongly encouraged to keep their canine companions on leashes and to maintain a distance of at least 150 feet from any sea lions, whether they are alive or dead.
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The potential for the disease to transfer to people is limited.
It can be passed on to other animals or people if they come into touch with the bodily fluids of an infected sea lion or one that has died from the disease.
Outbreaks of leptospirosis can lead to an increase in the number of sea lions that become stranded and die as a result.
According to the Oregon Marine Mammal Stranding Network, since the beginning of this epidemic in July 2022, there have been a total of 150 sea lions around the Oregon Coast who have either become ill or died as a result of it.
Calling the Oregon State Police at 1-800-452-7888 is the best way to report any sick or injured seals, sea lions, whales, or dolphins in the state’s waters
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