Virus probably behind deaths of millions of starfish
Virus probably behind deaths of millions of starfish

Millions of starfish have died in recent months on the Pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico due to an epidemic across the ocean ecosystem caused by a pathogen agent that has been present for decades, recent research shows.

Virus blamed for starfish deaths on US Pacific Coast

A mysterious plague that has killed off millions of starfish along the US Pacific Coast since 2013 is now believed to be a virus that causes the creatures to melt, US researchers said Monday.

Scientists vexed in probe of North American starfish deaths

Scientists are struggling to find the cause of a disease that is killing off numerous species of starfish on both the Pacific and Atlantic coasts of North America, dispatching the five-armed creatures in a particularly gruesome way.