Are Oyster Herpes the Latest Symptom of Global Warming?

OysterOK if it’s not global warming related (a very contentious issue on, what the hell has been f#cking these oysters? Rachel Kaufman writes on National Geographic News:

New strain can kill 80 percent of an oyster bed in a week, experts say. Don’t worry — oyster herpes isn’t a new side effect of eating “the food of love.”

The incurable, deadly virus is, however, alarming fishing communities in Europe, where oyster herpes seems to be spreading — and could go on spreading as seas continue to warm, experts say.

In July lab testing of farmed oysters detected the first known United Kingdom cases of herpes in the shellfish. The virus has already killed between 20 to 100 percent of breeding Pacific oysters in some French beds in 2008, 2009, and 2010, according to the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea.

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10 Comments on "Are Oyster Herpes the Latest Symptom of Global Warming?"

  1. A Bad Joke | Aug 24, 2010 at 4:06 am |

    Oyster herpes?! I know I almost got a case off a Navajo woman, but herpes in our seafood? This means war!

  2. Oysters are the sluts of the bivalve mollusc family … thus the oyster herpes.

    100 things that assorted “experts” have blamed on global warming:

    1. The deaths of Aspen trees in the West
    2. Incredible shrinking sheep
    3. Caribbean coral deaths
    4. Eskimos forced to leave their village
    5. Disappearing lake in Chile
    6. Early heat wave in Vietnam
    7. Malaria and water-borne diseases in Africa
    8. Invasion of jellyfish in the Mediterranean
    9. Break in the Arctic Ice Shelf
    10. Monsoons in India
    11. Birds laying their eggs early
    12. 160,000 deaths a year
    13. 315,000 deaths a year
    14. 300,000 deaths a year
    15. Decline in snowpack in the West
    16. Deaths of walruses in Alaska
    17. Hunger in Nepal
    18. The appearance of oxygen-starved dead zones in the oceans
    19. Surge in fatal shark attacks
    20. Increasing number of typhoid cases in the Philippines
    21. Boy Scout tornado deaths
    22. Rise in asthma and hayfever
    23. Duller fall foliage in 2007
    24. Floods in Jakarta
    25. Radical ecological shift in the North Sea
    26. Snowfall in Baghdad
    27. Western tree deaths
    28. Diminishing desert resources
    29. Pine beetles
    30. Swedish beetles
    31. Severe acne
    32. Global conflict
    33. Crash of Air France 447
    34. Black Hawk Down incident
    35. Amphibians breeding earlier
    36. Flesh-eating disease
    37. Global cooling
    38. Bird strikes on US Airways 1549
    39. Beer tastes different
    40. Cougar attacks in Alberta
    41. Suicide of farmers in Australia
    42. Squirrels reproduce earlier
    43. Monkeys moving to Great Rift Valley in Kenya
    44. Confusion of migrating birds
    45. Bigger tuna fish
    46. Water shortages in Las Vegas
    47. Worldwide hunger
    48. Longer days
    49. Earth spinning faster
    50. Gender balance of crocodiles
    51. Skin cancer deaths in UK
    52. Increase in kidney stones in India
    53. Penguin chicks frozen by global warming
    54. Deaths of Minnesota moose
    55. Increased threat of HIV/AIDS in developing countries
    56. Increase of wasps in Alaska
    57. Killer stingrays off British coasts
    58. All societal collapses since the beginning of time
    59. Bigger spiders
    60. Increase in size of giant squid
    61. Increase of orchids in UK
    62. Collapse of gingerbread houses in Sweden
    63. Cow infertility
    64. Conflict in Darfur
    65. Bluetongue outbreak in UK cows
    66. Worldwide wars
    67. Insomnia of children worried about global warming
    68. Anxiety problems for people worried about climate change
    69. Migration of cockroaches
    70. Taller mountains due to melting glaciers
    71. Drowning of four polar bears
    72. UFO sightings in the UK
    73. Hurricane Katrina
    74. Greener mountains in Sweden
    75. Decreased maple in maple trees
    76. Cold wave in India
    77. Worse traffic in LA because immigrants moving north
    78. Increase in heart attacks and strokes
    79. Rise in insurance premiums
    80. Invasion of European species of earthworm in UK
    81. Cold spells in Australia
    82. Increase in crime
    83. Boiling oceans
    84. Grizzly deaths
    85. Dengue fever
    86. Lack of monsoons
    87. Caterpillars devouring 45 towns in Liberia
    88. Acid rain recovery
    89. Global wheat shortage; food price hikes
    90. Extinction of 13 species in Bangladesh
    91. Changes in swan migration patterns in Siberia
    92. The early arrival of Turkey’s endangered caretta carettas
    93. Radical North Sea shift
    94. Heroin addiction
    95. Plant species climbing up mountains
    96. Deadly fires in Australia
    97. Droughts in Australia
    98. The demise of California’s agriculture by the end of the century
    99. Tsunami in South East Asia
    100. Fashion victim: the death of the winter wardrobe

    • More things that “experts” have blamed on global warming. I've cut & pasted, but in the original article each of these claims is linked to a source.

      Agricultural land increase, Africa devastated, African aid threatened, air pressure changes, Alaska reshaped, allergies increase, Alps melting, Amazon a desert, American dream end, amphibians breeding earlier (or not), ancient forests dramatically changed, Antarctic grass flourishes, anxiety, algal blooms, Arctic bogs melt, Asthma, atmospheric defiance, atmospheric circulation modified, avalanches reduced, avalanches increased, bananas destroyed, bananas grow, bet for $10,000, better beer, big melt faster, billion dollar research projects, billions of deaths, bird distributions change, birds return early, blackbirds stop singing, blizzards, blue mussels return, boredom, Britain Siberian, British gardens change, bubonic plague, budget increases, building season extension, bushfires, business opportunities, business risks, butterflies move north, cardiac arrest, caterpillar biomass shift, challenges and opportunities, Cholera, civil unrest, cloud increase, cloud stripping, cod go south, cold climate creatures survive, cold spells (Australia), computer models, conferences, coral bleaching, coral reefs dying, coral reefs grow, coral reefs shrink , cold spells, cost of trillions, crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems, cyclones (Australia), damages equivalent to $200 billion, Dengue hemorrhagic fever, dermatitis, desert advance, desert life threatened, desert retreat, destruction of the environment, diarrhoea, disappearance of coastal cities, diseases move north, Dolomites collapse, drought, drowning people, ducks and geese decline, dust bowl in the corn belt, early spring, earlier pollen season, Earth biodiversity crisis, Earth dying, Earth even hotter, Earth light dimming, Earth lopsided, Earth melting, Earth morbid fever, Earth on fast track, Earth past point of no return, Earth slowing down, Earth spinning out of control, Earth to explode, earth upside down, Earth wobbling, earthquakes, El Niño intensification, erosion, emerging infections, encephalitis, Europe simultaneously baking and freezing, evolution accelerating, expansion of university climate groups, extinctions (human, civilisation, logic, Inuit, smallest butterfly, cod, ladybirds, bats, pandas, pikas, polar bears, pigmy possums, gorillas, koalas, walrus, whales, frogs, toads, turtles, orang-utan, elephants, tigers, plants, salmon, trout, wild flowers, woodlice, penguins, a million species, half of all animal and plant species, less, not polar bears), experts muzzled, extreme changes to California, famine, farmers go under, figurehead sacked, fish catches drop, fish catches rise, fish stocks decline, five million illnesses, floods, Florida economic decline, food poisoning, food prices rise, food security threat (SA), footpath erosion, forest decline, forest expansion, frosts, fungi invasion, Garden of Eden wilts, genetic diversity decline, gene pools slashed, glacial retreat, glacial growth, glacier wrapped, global cooling, global dimming, glowing clouds, Gore omnipresence, grandstanding, grasslands wetter, Great Barrier Reef 95% dead, Great Lakes drop, greening of the North, Gulf Stream failure, habitat loss, Hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, harvest increase, harvest shrinkage, hay fever epidemic, hazardous waste sites breached, heat waves, hibernation ends too soon, hibernation ends too late, high court debates, human fertility reduced, human health improvement, human health risk, hurricanes, hydropower problems, hyperthermia deaths, ice sheet growth, ice sheet shrinkage, inclement weather, infrastructure failure (Canada), Inuit displacement, Inuit poisoned, Inuit suing, industry threatened, infectious diseases, insurance premium rises, invasion of midges, island disappears, islands sinking, itchier poison ivy, jellyfish explosion, Kew Gardens taxed, krill decline, lake and stream productivity decline, landslides, landslides of ice at 140 mph, lawsuits increase, lawsuit successful, lawyers’ income increased (surprise, surprise!), lightning related insurance claims, little response in the atmosphere, Lyme disease, Malaria, malnutrition, Maple syrup shortage, marine diseases, marine food chain decimated, marine dead zone, Meaching (end of the world), megacryometeors, Melanoma, methane emissions from plants, methane burps, melting permafrost, Middle Kingdom convulses, migration, migration difficult (birds), microbes to decompose soil carbon more rapidly, more bad air days, more research needed, mountain (Everest) shrinking, mountains break up, mountains taller, mudslides, next ice age, Nile delta damaged, no effect in India, nuclear plants bloom, oaks move north, ocean acidification, outdoor hockey threatened, oyster diseases, ozone loss, ozone repair slowed, ozone rise, Pacific dead zone, personal carbon rationing, pest outbreaks, pests increase, phenology shifts, plankton blooms, plankton destabilised, plankton loss, plant viruses, plants march north, polar bears aggressive, polar bears cannibalistic, polar bears drowning, polar bears starve, polar tours scrapped, psychosocial disturbances, railroad tracks deformed, rainfall increase, rainfall reduction, refugees, reindeer larger, release of ancient frozen viruses, resorts disappear, rice yields crash, rift on Capitol Hill, rioting and nuclear war, rivers raised, rivers dry up, rockfalls, rocky peaks crack apart, roof of the world a desert, Ross river disease, salinity reduction, salinity increase, Salmonella, salmon stronger, sea level rise, sea level rise faster, sex change, sharks booming, shrinking ponds, ski resorts threatened, slow death, smog, snowfall increase, snowfall reduction, societal collapse, songbirds change eating habits, sour grapes, spiders invade Scotland, squid population explosion, squirrels reproduce earlier, spectacular orchids, stormwater drains stressed, taxes, tectonic plate movement, terrorism, ticks move northward (Sweden), tides rise, tourism increase, trade winds weakened, tree beetle attacks, tree foliage increase (UK), tree growth slowed, trees could return to Antarctic, trees less colourful, trees more colourful, tropics expansion, tropopause raised, tsunamis, turtles lay earlier, UK Katrina, Venice flooded, volcanic eruptions, walrus pups orphaned, war, wars over water, water bills double, water supply unreliability, water scarcity (20% of increase), water stress, weather out of its mind, weather patterns awry, weeds, Western aid cancelled out, West Nile fever, whales move north, wheat yields crushed in Australia, white Christmas dream ends, wildfires, wind shift, wind reduced, wine – harm to Australian industry, wine industry damage (California), wine industry disaster (US), wine – more English, wine -German boon, wine – no more French , winters in Britain colder, wolves eat more moose, wolves eat less, workers laid off, World bankruptcy, World in crisis, Yellow fever

  3. This is what they get for not practicing safe shucking.

  4. Awwww…shucks!

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