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Toxic Pfiesteria inhabit foreign waters

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12:28pm, January 16, 2002

The notorious Pfiesteria microbes, implicated in gory fish kills and human illness along the mid-Atlantic U.S. coast, have turned up in Norway.

No one reported a fish kill at the estuary of the Sandvikselva River, but it does contain the two known Pfiesteria species, according to Kjetill S. Jakobsen of the University of Oslo and his colleagues. In lab tests, both species killed fish, the team says in the Jan. 22 Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. This appears to be the first scientific paper identifying toxic Pfiesteria outside the United States, say its authors.

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