Deadly dolphin virus spreading down East Coast

Dolphins in central and south Florida may have been exposed to a virus blamed for this summer’s massive dolphin die-off, the worst since the late 1980s. The 333 marine mammal deaths that have occurred so far this summer have all been in waters off New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. But Adam Schaefer, a researcher with Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, said he and his colleagues have seen evidence of exposure to the morbillivirus among Indian River Lagoon bottlenose dolphins. [email protected] 07:13

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