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Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen

Yereth Rosen is a reporter for the Alaska Beacon. She came to Alaska in 1987 to work for the Anchorage Times and has reported for Reuters, the Alaska Dispatch News, Arctic Today and other organizations.

First fatal case of Alaskapox, a newly identified viral disease, claims Kenai Peninsula man

By: - February 12, 2024

An elderly man on the Kenai Peninsula has died from Alaskapox, making him the first person to be killed by the viral disease that was identified only nine years ago, state health officials reported. Aside from being the first human fatality, it is the first documented human infection outside of the Fairbanks area, indicating that […]

A polar bear on sea ice.

Avian influenza death of Alaska polar bear is a global first and a sign of the virus’ persistence

By: - January 3, 2024

A polar bear found dead on Alaska’s North Slope is the first of the species known to have been killed by the highly pathogenic avian influenza that is circulating among animal populations around the world. The polar bear was found dead in October near Utqiagvik, the nation’s northernmost community, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation […]