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Confirmed: washed up dolphins had deadly morbillivirus disease

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Ann Pabst, with the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program, said both dolphins have tested positive for the deadly morbilivirus. Ann Pabst, with the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program, said both dolphins have tested positive for the deadly morbilivirus.

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Officials with UNCW's Marine Mammal Stranding Program confirm that two bottlenose dolphins that washed up on nearby beaches in September had the morbillivirus.

The morbillivirus is responsible for killing hundreds of dolphins along the east coast.  It is similar to measles in humans.

A six-foot, bottle nose dolphin washed up on Kure Beach at the beginning of September. Officials said the immature male dolphin was alive when it washed up, but died on it's own while a veterinarian was on the way to the beach.

Towards the end of September, a mature bottle-nosed female dolphin washed up at Surf City and was dead when it stranded on the beach.

Ann Pabst, with the UNCW Marine Mammal Stranding Program, said both dolphins have tested positive for the deadly morbilivirus.

Pabst also says a dolphin washed up on Holden Beach earlier this week, she says samples will be sent out to test it for the disease.

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