USGS: Outbreak of coral disease is an epidemic

HONOLULU (AP) — A federal agency says in a report that an outbreak of coral disease along Kauai's North Shore is an epidemic.

Dr. Thierry Work, head of Infectious Disease for the U.S. Geological Survey, told The Garden Island ( that this is the first time white coral disease on this scale has been documented in Hawaiian corals.

Work says in late-September he and other scientists got a look at the unusual outbreak along Kauai's North Shore. They photographed diseased coral and took samples, while also applying a marine epoxy to try and stop the disease's progression.

Work says the disease is rapidly spreading. A report released Wednesday says microscopic changes in tissue suggest the corals are under some type of stress.


Information from: The Garden Island,

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