Regulatory News

Researchers now believe they have identified the cause of the increased mortality of bottlenose dolphins on the east coast of the United States: cetacean morbillivirus, a measles virus similar to the human version. This year, just between the states of New York and North Carolina, 488 of the species appeared stranded, when the normal number is a maximum 150.

Investigations found that the dolphins had lesions on their skin, joints and lungs - this last is a feature of the suspected virus. Experts from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) are trying to uncover the reason for the virus outbreak. One of the causes may be the spread of algae.

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