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Cetacean Morbillivirus, a Journey from Land to Sea and viceversa

Version 1 : Received: 15 January 2019 / Approved: 16 January 2019 / Online: 16 January 2019 (08:38:32 CET)

How to cite: Di Guardo, G.; Mazzariol, S. Cetacean Morbillivirus, a Journey from Land to Sea and viceversa. Preprints 2019, 2019010157 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0157.v1). Di Guardo, G.; Mazzariol, S. Cetacean Morbillivirus, a Journey from Land to Sea and viceversa. Preprints 2019, 2019010157 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201901.0157.v1).

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. The present article 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.

Subject Areas

Cetacean Morbillivirus; Canine Distemper Virus; Rinderpest Virus; viral phylogeny; viral evolution; Host-pathogen interactions; cetaceans; aquatic mammals

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