“Sex-Crazed” Oysters Are Getting Herpes And It’s Killing Them

If you love seafood, and oysters in particular, you’ll be alarmed to know that a recent report has found a deadly virus that is spreading rapidly and threatening Pacific oysters (Crassostrea gigas).

Oysters eat tiny plankton that they filter from the surrounding water. A single oyster will process up to 50 gallons of water in a day, thus improving water quality and making their ecosystems healthier.

Unfortunately, the water they grow in can be filled with disease-causing microorganisms that affect both oysters and humans….

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