This is the latest update from October 2012. No results yet on contaminants.
1) Whether there are any “new” cases: Harvest surveillance will continue this fall
2) Why no “new” cases during Spring 2012
3) Whether walruses / ice seals have the same illness
4) What do the comprehensive series of symptoms (and timeline of events) indicate as a potential cause?
5) Timeline for contaminant and radiation results
6) Prevalence estimates – the proportion of animals are infected
7) How samples from normal seals and walruses compare to those from diseased animals, particularly with respect to molting
8) What are the risk factors that may indicate the UME is nutritionally or environmentally driven