Mediterranean Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) Threatened by Dolphin MorbilliVirus
Published Date:Feb 2015
Source:Emerg Infect Dis. 22(2):302-305.
Mediterranean Fin Whales
Mediterranean Fin Whales (Balaenoptera Physalus) Threatened By Dolphin Morbillivirus
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4734534
Description:During 2011-2013, dolphin morbillivirus was molecularly identified in 4 stranded fin whales from the Mediterranean Sea. Nucleoprotein, phosphoprotein, and hemagglutinin gene sequences of the identified strain were highly homologous with those of a morbillivirus that caused a 2006-2007 epidemic in the Mediterranean. Dolphin morbillivirus represents a serious threat for fin whales.
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