Largest ‘dolphin measles’ outbreak in history kills 753 and threatens whales as Bottlenose herds migrate south

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9 November 2013, 20:14

US East Coast: dolphins dying in record numbers of viral infection

 

US East Coast: dolphins dying in record numbers of viral infection

 

According to America’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, a whopping 753 bottlenose dolphins washed up dead on the Atlantic coast from New York to Florida between July 1 and November 3.

 

This represents a roughly tenfold increase in the number of dolphins that would typically turn up dead along the East Coast during this four-month period.

The killer is a measles-type virus which causes fatal pneumonia and brain inflammation.

The previous similar outbreak occurred in 1987 and 88, resulting in 740-plus dolphin strandings.

Officials say the current die-off is only halfway through its expected time frame, and the final beach death toll in the bottlenose population may climb to around 1,500.

And without a way to vaccinate the wild population, there is little officials can do but collect the carcasses…

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