Two morbilliviruses were isolated from Mediterranean monk seals (Monachus monachus), one from a stranded animal in Greece and the other one from carcasses washed ashore during a mass die-off in Mauritania. From both viruses N and P gene fragments were sequenced and compared to those of other known morbilliviruses. The monk seal morbilliviruses most closely resembled previously identified cetacean morbilliviruses, indicating that interspecies transmission from cetaceans to pinnipeds has occurred.

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Veterinary Microbiology
Erasmus MC: University Medical Center Rotterdam

van de Bildt, M., Vedder, L., Martina, B., Abou Sidi, B., Bent Jiddou, A., Androukaki, E., … Barham, M. E. O. (1999). Morbilliviruses in Mediterranean monk seals. In Veterinary Microbiology (Vol. 69, pp. 19–21). doi:10.1016/S0378-1135(99)00082-6