Scientists connect dolphin deaths with morbillivirus, possibly Brucella

08/28/2013 | NBC News

Scientists studying the deaths of more than 330 dolphins along the Atlantic coast from New York to North Carolina have definitively linked the outbreak to morbillivirus, an immunosuppressive RNA virus. The search for the triggers behind the outbreak suggests the bacterium Brucella may also be involved because four of the dolphins tested carried the pathogen. Morbillivirus caused an outbreak in the late 1980s that left more than 700 dolphins dead.

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