Volume 22, Number 2—February 2016
Mediterranean Fin Whales (Balaenoptera physalus) Threatened by Dolphin MorbilliVirus
|Whale no., sex/length, m†||Stranding date||Closest DMV outbreak||Dolphin morbillivirus–positive samples, by test
|1, M/17||2011 Oct 25||Dec 2010–Jun 2011||Liver, spleen, lungs||ND||ND|
|2, F/10||2011 Nov 3||Dec 2010–Jun 2011||Liver, spleen, lymph nodes, skeletal muscle||Negative||ND|
|3, M/10||2011 Nov 20||Dec 2010–Jun 2011||Negative||ND||Positive|
|4, F/15||2013 Mar 19||Jan–Apr 2013||Lymph nodes||ND||Negative|
|5, F/5||2013 Oct 11||Jan–Apr 2013||Brain, lungs, spleen, thymus||Brain, thymus||Negative|
*IHC, immunohistochemical; ND, not done; RT-PCR, reverse transcription PCR; VN, virus neutralization
†Whales 1 and 4 were juveniles; whales 2 and 3 were calves.
‡Tissues routinely examined for morbillivirus: lung, liver, spleen, kidney, prescapular and pulmonary lymph nodes, brain, thymus (if available), tonsils, and skeletal muscle.