HOLDEN BEACH, NC (WECT) – Morbilivirus is to blame for the deaths of several dolphins recently stranded on the coast of North Carolina.
Morbilivirus is responsible for killing hundreds of dolphins along the east coast. It is similar to measles in humans.
Officials have confirmed a dolphin that washed up in Holden Beach October 2 had the virus, in addition two dolphins in West Onslow Beach and one at Sunset Beach also had the virus.
Another dolphin was found deceased in Bald Head Island, but experts could not send samples from the animal to test it for morbilivirus because it was too far decomposed.
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