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Virus killing East Coast dolphins

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WASHINGTON -- A virus similar to measles in humans may be responsible for the deaths of more than 333 bottlenose dolphins along the East Coast this summer, researchers said Tuesday.

The morbillivirus outbreak extends from coastal areas of New York to North Carolina, causing dolphin deaths in numbers not seen since a similar fatal outbreak on the Eastern Seaboard 26 years ago.

Generally, scientists find about 33 stranded bottlenose dolphins a year.

-- MCT

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 31, 2013 D4

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