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Emerg Infect Dis. 2000 Nov-Dec;6(6):637-9.

Mass die-Off of Caspian seals caused by canine distemper virus.

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Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, Belfast, Northern Ireland. seamus.kennedy@dardni.gov.uk

Abstract

Thousands of Caspian seals (Phoca caspica) died in the Caspian Sea from April to August 2000. Lesions characteristic of morbillivirus infection were found in tissue specimens from dead seals. Canine distemper virus infection was identified by serologic examination, reverse transcriptase- polymerase chain reaction, and sequencing of selected P gene fragments. These results implicate canine distemper virus infection as the primary cause of death.

PMID:
11076723
PMCID:
PMC2640919
DOI:
10.3201/eid0606.000613
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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