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      Dolphin virus reaches South Carolina coast

      Photo from Marine Mammal Stranding Center

      CHARLESTON, S.C . - A virus that has affected hundreds of dolphins along the East Coast has turned up off South Carolina.

      The morbillivirus has been reported as far north as New York. Most of the deaths have occurred off Virginia.

      The Post and Courier of Charleston reports at least eight dolphins washed up on the South Carolina coast last month and three tested positive for the virus.

      More than 800 dolphins have been found stranded so far this year along the East Coast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That's about four times the yearly average.

      Of 120 tested, 92 percent had the virus.

      Stephanie Venn-Watson of the National Marine Mammal Foundation says the concern is the virus will be carried dolphins as they migrate south to Florida.