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Veterinarians combat sea star-wasting disease

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The mysterious disease has wiped out vast populations of sea stars on the West Coast and shows no signs of slowing down. (Source: KING/NBC) The mysterious disease has wiped out vast populations of sea stars on the West Coast and shows no signs of slowing down. (Source: KING/NBC)

SEATTLE (KING/NBC) - Veterinarians at The Seattle Aquarium are taking an experimental step in hopes of heading off the deadly sea star-wasting disease.

The mysterious disease has wiped out vast populations of sea stars on the West Coast and shows no signs of slowing down. It has also decimated sea stars in aquariums that use sea water in their exhibits.

Dr. Lesanna Lahner at the Seattle Aquarium said they have separated a group of 50 sea stars showing signs of the wasting disease into two tubs. They are treating one group with antibiotic injections and the other with a saline solution.

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