Cetacean morbillivirus, a journey from land to sea and viceversa

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January 28, 2019 - 10:42am
Type: Manuscript
Year of publication: 2019
Date published: 01/2019
Authors: Giovanni Di Guardo, Sandro Mazzariol
Publisher: MarXiv

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.

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