DAO 89:261-264 (2010)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02208

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Herpesvirus infection with severe lymphoid necrosis affecting a beaked whale stranded in the Canary Islands

Manuel Arbelo1, Eva Sierra1, Fernando Esperón2, Tatiane T. N. Watanabe1,3, Edwige N. Bellière2, Antonio Espinosa de los Monteros1, Antonio Fernández1,*

1Unit of Histology and Veterinary Pathology, Institute for Animal Health, Veterinary School, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain
2CISA–INIA, Carretera de Algete a El Casar, 28130 Valdeolmos, Madrid, Spain
3College of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science, São Paulo State University, Brazil
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ABSTRACT: This report describes the pathologic findings in a single, adult female Cuvier’s beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris stranded in the Canary Islands. The study indicated that this whale died with a severe, systemic, herpesviral infection and clearly exhibited lesions different from those of the fat and gas embolic syndrome described in beaked whale mass strandings associated with sonar exposure. This is the first report of a cetacean alphaherpesvirus infection of the lymphoid system in a beaked whale.


KEY WORDS: Beaked whale · Herpes virus · Lymphoid system


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Cite this article as: Arbelo M, Sierra E, Esperón F, Watanabe TTN, Bellière EN, Espinosa de los Monteros A, Fernández A (2010) Herpesvirus infection with severe lymphoid necrosis affecting a beaked whale stranded in the Canary Islands. Dis Aquat Org 89:261-264. https://doi.org/10.3354/dao02208

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