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Title: Morbillivirus (CeMV) infection in a stranded pilot whale in the Canary islands
Authors: Arbelo Hernández, Manuel Antonio 
Esperón Fajardo,Fernando 
Sánchez Vizcaíno,Jose Manuel 
Andrada Borzollino, Marisa Ana 
Rodriguez, Francisco 
Fernández Rodríguez, Antonio Jesús 
UNESCO Clasification: 310907 Patología
Issue Date: 2006
Conference: 18º Reunión de la Sociedad Española de Anatomía Patológica Veterinaria (SEAPV 2006) 
Abstract: A male juvenile short finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) was found alive on the beach (Tenerife), the animal died a few hours later and the carcase was transported to the Environmental Protection Department of the Island Government, where a complete necropsy was performed by the veterinary pathologists of the Veterinary School (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). The animal showed a good body condition. During the necropsy, no relevant gross lesions were detected. Tissue samples of all the organs were collected, fixed in formalin, and processed for a routine histological study. Samples from muscle, lung, liver, kidney, spleen and brain were collected and frozen at -80ºC for microbiological studies. Microscopically, the animal showed a focal purulent pneumonia and a severe liver congestion. The most relevant finding was a nonsuppurative encephalitis, with diffuse gliosis and neuronophagia. Perivascular cuffing of lymphocytes and plasma cells was present in the cerebral cortex, thalamic areas and medulla oblongata. From nervous tissues a Cetacean Morbillivirus (CeMV) was identified. Results of sequencing and further comparisons with other sequences described previously confirmed a novel sequence of CeMV, showing a close homology with the long finned pilot whale (Globicephala melas) CeMV strain. The present work represents the first description of a CeMV in the Canary Islands.
Source: 18º Reunión de la Sociedad Española de Anatomía Patológica Veterinaria (SEAPV 2006)
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