NOAA: Virus Likely Causing Dolphin Deaths - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

NOAA: Virus Likely Causing Dolphin Deaths

Posted: Updated:
Hundreds of dolphins-- dead or dying -- have washed up on beaches over the past two months. (Photo: CBS) Hundreds of dolphins-- dead or dying -- have washed up on beaches over the past two months. (Photo: CBS)

NORFOLK, Va. (AP)- Federal officials say a virus is likely what's causing hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins to wash ashore along the East Coast.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says 333 dolphins have been stranded between New York and North Carolina since July 1. That's more than nine times the historical average for the region during July and August.

Earlier this month, NOAA declared an unusual mortality event to provide additional resources to study what's causing the deaths.

In a post on its website, NOAA says the tentative cause of the deaths is the cetacean morbillivirus. Dolphins with morbillivirus typically experience skin lesions, brain infections and pneumonia. The virus killed off more than 700 dolphins in the 1980s.

The disease is passed from dolphin to dolphin. It can't be transmitted to humans.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • South Bethany Prepares for New House Height Ordinance

    South Bethany Prepares for New House Height Ordinance

    Thursday, July 31 2014 7:49 PM EDT2014-07-31 23:49:36 GMT
    SOUTH BETHANY, Del. - The South Bethany Town Council will vote on an ordinance that would extend the maximum height a home could be as long as the homeowner adds freeboard as well. Currently, the height maximum is at 32 feet. More
    SOUTH BETHANY, Del. - The South Bethany Town Council will vote on an ordinance that would extend the maximum height a home could be as long as the homeowner adds freeboard as well. Currently, the height maximum is at 32 feet. More
  • Psychiatric Exam Ordered for Va. Teen Slaying Suspect

    Psychiatric Exam Ordered for Va. Teen Slaying Suspect

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:48 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:48:30 GMT
    A 16-year-old boy charged in adult court in the assault of a young girl and the killing of her 8-year-old brother has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.More
    A 16-year-old boy charged in adult court in the assault of a young girl and the killing of her 8-year-old brother has been ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation.
    More
  • Credit Card Scam Hits Ocean City

    Credit Card Scam Hits Ocean City

    Thursday, July 31 2014 5:19 PM EDT2014-07-31 21:19:21 GMT
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide.More
    OCEAN CITY, Md.- The Ocean City Police Department is advising citizens of a recent cyber-attack that compromised the security of numerous credit card processing companies nationwide.More
Powered by WorldNow

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service