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Volume 14, Number 3—March 2008

Dispatch

Dolphin Morbillivirus Epizootic Resurgence, Mediterranean Sea

Juan-Antonio Raga*, Ashley Banyard†Comments to Author , Mariano Domingo‡, Mandy Corteyn†, Marie-Françoise Van Bressem§, Mercedes Fernández*, Francisco-Javier Aznar*, and Thomas Barrett†
Author affiliations: *University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain; †Institute for Animal Health, Pirbright, UK; ‡Autonomous University of Barcelona, Bellaterra, Barcelona, Spain; §Museo de Delfines, Pucusana, Peru;

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Figure 1

Stranding patterns of Mediterranean striped dolphins, Stenella coeruleoalba, in the Gulf of Valencia and adjacent waters (Valencian Community) (514 km of coastline). A) Records of S. coeruleoalba stranded in July–August each year from 1987 to 2007. Note peaks of stranding in 1990 and 2007. B) Cumulative percentages of dolphins found dead during July–August, 1990 and 2007 epizootics. Day 0 corresponds to June 23.

Figure 1. Stranding patterns of Mediterranean striped dolphins, Stenella coeruleoalba, in the Gulf of Valencia and adjacent waters (Valencian Community) (514 km of coastline). A) Records of S. coeruleoalba stranded in July–August each year from 1987 to 2007. Note peaks of stranding in 1990 and 2007. B) Cumulative percentages of dolphins found dead during July–August, 1990 and 2007 epizootics. Day 0 corresponds to June 23.

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