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THE first case of squirrel pox virus has been confirmed in Blundellsands.

It comes almost a year since the last confirmed case in December 2008, in the Formby area and is a devastating blow to conservationists who have been working to protect the endangered red squirrels.

Squirrel pox is a threat to all red squirrels, particularly if they come into contact with grey squirrels, who are the carriers of the virus.

The Blundellsands population of red squirrels is at risk because of the grey squirrels in the Crosby area.

Conservationists, including Sally Orritt from Save our Squirrels campaign are hoping to contain the outbreak are appealing for assistance from the public.

. To report sick or dead red squirrels call 07590 745 862.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Nov 6, 2009
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