Texas Aquarium Suffers Devastating Animal Losses After Medication Backfires

posted: 04/16/15
by: Discovery.com Staff
View over the Texas State Aquarium
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The Texas State Aquarium suffered widespread animal losses after a parasite treatment backfired on Wednesday, according to a statement. A common medication caused an adverse reaction in many of the animals, and "considerable losses" were sustained.

"This is a very sad day at the Texas State Aquarium," remarked CMO Richard E. Glover, Jr. "We are working diligently to find out what caused the adverse reaction, and we will keep the public informed with any updates."

Aquarium staff previously tested the treatment on a smaller exhibit and reported no adverse reactions. Water samples are currently being evaluated by a third-party laboratory to determine exactly what caused the animal deaths.

At press time, it was not immediately clear either which parasite was being treated or which medication was being used.

The Texas State Aquarium is saddened to report a loss of its indoor aquatic animal collection overnight. In an attempt...

Posted by Texas State Aquarium on Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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