Dolphins found dead on NC beaches have disease

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Submitted: Sat, 10/05/2013 - 2:40am
Updated: Sat, 10/05/2013 - 2:41am

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – Marine biologists say tissue samples from two dolphins that washed ashore in southeastern North Carolina tested positive for a disease that has killed almost 600 dolphins along the East Coast.

Marine Mammal Stranding Program co-director Ann Pabst said the two bottle-nosed dolphins were found last one, one on Kure Beach and one at Surf City.

She says the dolphins tested positive for morbillivirus, a measles-like disease. The disease has been seen mostly north of North Carolina. Marine biologists say it has to run its course.

Pabst says samples from a third dead dolphin are also being sent to a lab to check for the disease.

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1 Comment

  • Wilmington Observer says:

    The headline says, Dolphins “HAVE disease”. Those dolphins are dead, therefore they HAD the disease that killed them.

    You may think that I am being too picky but of all of the professions out there, you would think that English Teachers and Journalists would take the time and effort to “get it right”.

    Wilmington Observer

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