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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.]


(Biology) a genus of viruses in the family Paramyxoviridae causing infectious diseases such as measles, distemper, or rinderpest
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Transmission of morbilliviruses within and among marine mammal species.
Cetacean morbilliviruses are phylogenetically divergent.
Raga, "A review of virus infections of cetaceans and the potential impact of morbilliviruses, poxviruses and papillomaviruses on host population dynamics," Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, vol.
Inhibition of in vitro leukocyte proliferation by morbilliviruses. Journal of Virology, 76: 3579-3584.
Dolphin and porpoise morbilliviruses are genetically distinct from phocine distemper virus.
Massive mortalities in pinnipeds and cetaceans reaching epidemics of tens of thousands are caused by four morbilliviruses evolving from the canine distemper virus (Aguirre et al.
Influenza A virus strains (Hinshaw et al., 1984) and morbilliviruses (Lipscomb et al., 1994) not only cause sporadic mortality among individual cetaceans that become infected, but are also capable of causing widespread die-offs in susceptible populations of animals (Young, 1994).
Marine mammal mass mortalities Morbilliviruses have emerged as an important factor in marine mammal epizootics and were implicated in mass mortalities involving bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) along the U.S.
These findings indicate that morbilliviruses seem to be involved in the onset of Paget's disease, but their exact contribution to the viral infection is still not clear.
Routine immunohistochemical tests of the seal brain for morbilliviruses, Borna disease virus, and tick-borne encephalitis virus (7,8) and immunofluorescence analysis for rabies virus were performed by the Department of Consumer and Food Safety of Lower Saxony (Hannover, Germany).
Morbilliviruses are primarily lymphotropic and secondarily epitheliotropic.