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Dolphin virus outbreak deadliest ever

Hilander

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A total of 753 bottlenose dolphins have died along the US Atlantic coast due to a measles-like virus, surpassing the previous deadly outbreak 25 years ago, officials said Friday.

Dolphin virus outbreak in Atlantic is deadliest ever | The Raw Story
I've been reading about this for the last couple of months and I can't help but be concerned about it. The record number of Dolphin deaths has been reached in half the time the last deadly outbreak of morbillivirus. This time dead whales are washing up with the dead dolphins and they have also tested positive for the disease. I have to wonder if the disease is going to keep spreading to other ocean mammals and what role, if any, pollution plays in this.
 

Major

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It wouldn't surprise me if pollution was the cause of this. I know the otter population on the California coast is struggling to grow because of a virus that they think is caused by toxins in the water. If the otters don't survive, it's going to have a big domino effect on other marine species as well.
 

Hilander

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I have read something about them too but I hadn't kept up with it very well so I didn't realize it was a virus. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it is caused by pollution and more animals become sick.
 
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