Cetacean Morbillivirus and Toxoplasma gondii Co-infection in Mediterranean Monk Seal Pup, Italy
Antonio Petrella, Sandro Mazzariol
, Iolanda Padalino, Gabriella Di Francesco, Cristina Casalone, Carla Grattarola, Giovanni Di Guardo, Camilla Smoglica, Cinzia Centelleghe, and Claudia Gili
Author affiliations: Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale della Puglia e della Basilicata, Foggia, Italy (A. Petrella, I. Paladino); University of Padova, Padua, Italy (S. Mazzariol, C. Centelleghe); Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise, Teramo, Italy (G. Di Francesco); Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale del Piemonte, Liguria e Valle d’Aosta, Turin, Italy (C. Casalone, C. Grattarola); University of Teramo Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Teramo (G. Di Guardo, C. Smoglica); Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy (C. Gili)
Figure. Lung tissue from a Mediterranean monk seal pup that died shortly after it was found along the southern Adriatic coast of Italy, showing positive immunostaining for morbillivirus antigen in bronchial/bronchiolar and alveodar epithelial cells, both normal and hyperplastic. Immunohistochemical analysis using an antibody against the nucleoprotein antigen of canine distemper virus (1:100 dilution), Mayer hematoxylin counterstained. Scale bar indicates 100 μm.
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