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DAO 155:159-163 (2023)  -  DOI:

Historical isolates of dolphin morbillivirus: origin and new data

Marie-Françoise Van Bressem1,*, Juan Antonio Raga2, Mariano Domingo3, Pádraig Duignan4

1Cetacean Conservation Medicine Group, Peruvian Centre for Cetacean Research, Museo de Delfines, Lima 20, Peru
2Marine Zoology Unit, Cavanilles Institute of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, Science Park, University of Valencia. PO Box 22085, 46071 Valencia, Spain
3Departament de Sanitat i Anatomia Animals, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), 08193 Bellaterra, Catalunya, Spain
4The Marine Mammal Center, 2000 Bunker Road, Sausalito, California 94965, USA
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ABSTRACT: Dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) was isolated in striped dolphins Stenella coeruleoalba from the Mediterranean Sea stranded along the coast of Spain during a lethal epidemic that killed thousands of individuals in 1990-1992. Though some of these isolates (MUC, 16A and the reference strain) have been extensively characterised, details on their origin were not reported in the literature, and records for these isolates are often difficult to trace and are, sometimes, erroneous. Here, we provide unpublished biological and histopathological data for these isolates, summarize the literature on their characterization and make suggestions for future studies.

KEY WORDS: Dolphin morbillivirus · Stenella coeruleoalba · Mediterranean Sea · Histology · Epidemiology

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Cite this article as: Van Bressem MF, Raga JA, Domingo M, Duignan P (2023) Historical isolates of dolphin morbillivirus: origin and new data. Dis Aquat Org 155:159-163.

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