Fibropapillomatosis virus

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Fibropapillomatosis virus

Green turtle fibropapillomatosis is a disease characterized by very prominent, externally visible tumors. The tumors may arise anywhere on the skin, but they are most commonly found at the base of the flippers. The proliferation of tumors can interfere with normal swimming and feeding, and growth of tumors on the skin around the eyes may eventually obscure vision. Occasionally, tumors associated with this disease are found in internal organs.


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