Serological findings which had showed that the primary cause of the recent outbreak of serious disease of seals in the seas of North-Western Europe, is infection with canine distemper virus, were confirmed by in vivo and in vitro isolation of the virus from seals which had died at different locations during the outbreak. The virus which proved to be pathogenic for dogs, was characterised as canine distemper virus on the basis of immunofluorescence, virus neutralisation and electron microscopical studies.

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