A series of juvenile dolphin deaths have been confirmed to be the result of a not previously reported virus.
Researchers from the University of Adelaide conducted post-mortems on the 25 deceased dolphins with the help of Australian Marine Wildlife Research and Rescue Operation and assistance from Biosecurity SA. The pathology results have been confirmed, showing that it’s the first case of dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) found in South Australia.
Previously the virus was found in other states and overseas. It is unknown whether it is a sporadic outbreak or will become widespread, but findings have been delivered to the appropriate authorities.