Molecular genetic evidence of a novel morbillivirus in a long-finned pilot whale (Globicephalus melas).

  title={Molecular genetic evidence of a novel morbillivirus in a long-finned pilot whale (Globicephalus melas).},
  author={Jeffery K. Taubenberger and Mark M Tsai and T. J. Atkin and Thomas G. Fanning and Amy E. Krafft and Robert B. Moeller and S. E. Kodsi and Mark G Mense and Thomas P Lipscomb},
  journal={Emerging Infectious Diseases},
  pages={42 - 45}
A long-finned pilot whale with morbilliviral disease was stranded in New Jersey. An immunohistochemical stain demonstrated morbilliviral antigen. Reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction for morbillivirus P and N genes was positive. Novel sequences most closely related to, but distinct from, those of dolphin and porpoise morbilliviruses suggest that this virus may represent a third member of the cetacean morbillivirus group. 


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