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Any of a genus of paramyxoviruses, including the causal agents of measles and rinderpest, that infect humans and other vertebrates.

[New Latin morbillī, measles (from Medieval Latin, pustules, pox, pl. of morbillus, pustule, from diminutive of Latin morbus, disease; see mer- in Indo-European roots) + virus.]
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(Biology) a genus of viruses in the family Paramyxoviridae causing infectious diseases such as measles, distemper, or rinderpest
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Measles is generally spread by a virus which belongs to paramyxovirus family, genus Morbillivirus. After its detection, it affects the respiratory tract the most and then spreads into the body.
A member of genus Morbillivirus that includes measles, canine distemper virus is highly contagious and causes severe disease in infected animals."
A morbillivirus that caused fatal disease in horses and humans.
In 1994, a newly described virus, initially called equine morbillivirus, killed 13 horses and a trainer in Hendra, a suburb of Brisbane, Australia.
The etiological agent is Peste des Petits Ruminants Virus (PPRV) of genus Morbillivirus and family Paramyxoviridae.
Measles infection is caused by a single-stranded, negative-strand RNA respiratory virus of the family Paramyxoviridae and genus Morbillivirus. Measles virus is a highly contagious acute febrile disease associated with a characteristic erythematous, maculopapular rash.
Kizamik, Paramyxoviridae ailesinin Morbillivirus cinsinde yer alan, zarfli, tek zincirli bir RNA virusunun neden oldugu, olumcul komplikasyonlari olabilen bir infeksiyon hastaligidir.
Canine distemper virus (CDV) is an enveloped, single-stranded, negative sense, RNA virus belonging to genus Morbillivirus in Paramyxoviridae family.
A Poisson process--a statistical tool used to model the random nature of disease transmission--was used by researchers, led by scientists at Princeton (N.J.) University, to determine from sparse data how dolphin morbillivirus, a potentially fatal pathogen from the same family as the human measles, can spread.