Cetacean morbillivirus, a journey from land to sea and viceversa

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Authors

Giovanni Di Guardo, Sandro Mazzariol

Abstract

Cetacean Morbillivirus, the most relevant pathogen impacting the health and conservation of cetaceans worldwide, has shown in recent years an increased tendency to cross “interspecies barriers”, thereby giving rise to disease and mortality outbreaks in free-ranging dolphins and whales.
This "Personal View" deals with the evolutionary “trajectories” of this viral pathogen, likely originating from Rinderpest Virus, along with its "journey" from land to sea (and viceversa), mimicking that of cetaceans terrestrial ancestors.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.32942/osf.io/8anej

Subjects

Immunology and Infectious Disease, Life Sciences, Medicine and Health Sciences, Microbiology, Virology

Keywords

Aquatic Mammals, Canine Distemper Virus, Cetacean Morbillivirus, cetaceans, Rinderpest Virus

Dates

Published: 2019-01-15 22:20

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CC-By Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International