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Bottlenose dolphins off US coast hit by measles-like virus


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    More than 1,000 migratory bottlenose dolphins have died from a measles-like virus along the US eastern seaboard in 2013 and the epidemic shows no sign of abating, a marine biologist said on Monday.

     

    The death toll exceeds the 740 dolphins killed during the last big outbreak of the then unknown virus in 1987-88.

     

    "It is having a significant impact and that is something we're monitoring closely," said Erin Fougeres, a marine mammal biologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

     

    http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2013/dec/23/bottlenose-dolphins-us-eastern-seaboard

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