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UF: Report recounts Florida dolphin found with HPAI in 2022

By Sarah Carey University of Florida

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The case of a Florida bottlenose dolphin found with highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, or HPAI — a discovery made by University of Florida researchers in collaboration with multiple agencies and one of the first reports of a constantly growing list of mammals affected by this virus — has been published in Communications Biology.

The report documents the discovery in 2022, the first finding of HPAI in a cetacean in North America, from the initial response by UF’s Marine Animal Rescue team to a report of a distressed dolphin in Dixie County, Fla., to the subsequent identification of the. . .

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