Beyond Pesticides has reported some disturbing news about pesticides and turtles in Long Island, NY. “A recent report by Turtle Rescue of the Hamptons finds Long Island, New York turtles are experiencing higher rates of deadly aural abscesses or ear blisters* from pesticide use. Previous research documents the role chemical exposure from environmental toxicants play in inner ear abscess formation among turtles However, synergism (collaboration) between viral infection and toxic chemical exposure increases aural abscess instances. Considering these infections are taking a toll on the Long Island turtle population, government and wildlife officials must assess how chemical exposure promotes disease development to safeguard human, animal, and environmental health…This report demonstrates that exposure to chemical contaminants has implications for turtle health, not only in Long Island but around the world…”
*Aural abscesses are painful ear blisters that can grow as big as a golf ball. Medical intervention is necessary to remove abscesses from turtles and treat them with an antibiotic regimen to prevent death. Turtle Rescue facility workers report a staggering 50 percent of turtles currently within their care to have aural abscesses. The percentage of turtles with this diagnosis is much higher than in past years.
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