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Herpeslike virus infects 10% of baby lobsters

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — A herpeslike virus has infected up to 10 percent of baby lobsters in the Florida Keys, leading some fisheries experts to wonder whether the disease explains recent dips in lobster catches.

Biologists doubt the disease can be transferred to humans but have alerted the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention just in case.

In all but two cases, the virus has been detected only in lobsters that are less than 6 months old, not yet at reproduction age, and smaller than 3 inches, the minimum length at which they can legally be caught.