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NOAA believes virus is the cause of death of hundreds dolphins along east coast

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Federal Officials believe a virus is likely what's causing hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins to wash ashore along the east coast, but say they are continuing to investigate before officially naming the cause.

 

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 488 dolphins have been stranded along the east coast since the beginning of July.

That's more than nine times the historical average.

NOAA says the tentative cause of the deaths is the Morbillivirus.

Dolphins with Morbillivirus typically experience skin lesions, brain infections and pneumonia.

To date 27 of the 27 dolphins tested are suspect or confirmed positive for the Morbillivirus.

NOAA cautions that rigorous investigations may take several more months to complete.

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