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By Angela Messina, August 9, 2013 @ 02:55 PM (EST)

U.S. officials are alarmed at the high number of bottlenose dolphin deaths across the northeast coast and raised a formal alarm on Thursday. A total of 124 animals have washed up on shore since July and experts fear it could be caused by the spread of a fast-spreading infection.

The majority of deaths have occurred off the coast of Virginia, but other dolphin strandings have occurred in New York and New Jersey waters.

The National Marine Fisheries Service has declared it an “unusual mortality event,” meaning that large amounts of animals are dying off unexpectedly and require immediate attention. A similar event of this type occurred between 1987 and 1988 and left more than 700 dolphins dead due to the morbillivirus.

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