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Molecular study of a new strain of cetacean morbillivirus from a shortfin pilot whale


April 28th, 2009

Belliere N., Esperon F. and Sanchez-Vizcaino JM.

Conference in VIII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomedicas



Cetacean morbillivirus (CeMV) is the most pathogenic virus in cetaceans. It includes three
strains whose names refer to the species of odontocete from which it was initially isolated:
Dolphin morbillivirus (DMV), Porpoise morbillivirus (PMV) and Pilot Whale morbillivirus
(PWMV). The aim of this work was to complete a molecular characterization of a new strain
of CeMV obtained from the brain of a short finned pilot whale stranded dead around Canary
Islands with lesions compatible with morbilliviral disease. Phylogenetic trees including
sequences of all the morbillivirus species have shown a higher homology with PWMV, so this
strain is tentatively named “PWMV II”. Moreover, from the phylogenetic trees analysis and
an exhaustive bibliographical review we propose new names for the CeMV strains:“CeMV-1”
for DMV, “CeMV-2” for PMV and “CeMV-3” for PWMV




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VIII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomedicas


VIII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomedicas

TITLE: Molecular study of a new strain of cetacean morbillivirus from a shortfin pilot whale


TYPE: Oral communication


AUTHORS: Belliere N., Esperon F. and Sanchez-Vizcaino JM.


DATE: April 28th, 2009



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Belliere N., Esperon F. and Sanchez-Vizcaino JM.. Molecular study of a new strain of cetacean morbillivirus from a shortfin pilot whale. VIII Congreso de Ciencias Veterinarias y Biomedicas, Facultad de Veterinaria. UCM, April 28th, 2009.