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Tropical Death in the North Woods
By Derrick Z. Jackson
FOR BIRD lovers, this is a signal tragedy of climate change.
A New England loon has died of tropical malaria.
In what they believe is the first such confirmed case in the world, researchers say malaria killed a common loon last summer in the Umbagog National Wildlife Refuge in New Hampshire and Maine. Mark Pokras, professor emeritus of wildlife medicine at Tufts University, guessed the loon was bitten by a disease-carrying mosquito and likely died within a week or two.
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