canine distemper


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Recent Examples on the Web Alonso Aguirre, a wildlife disease expert at George Mason University in Virginia, explains that canine morbillivirus, which causes canine distemper, first jumped to seals in 1988 and has been spreading ever since. Bradley Van Paridon, Smithsonian Magazine, "Mass Die-Offs of Marine Mammals Are on the Rise," 14 Aug. 2020 The seals were suffering from a disease called phocine distemper virus, which is related to the canine distemper virus that infects domestic dogs. Popular Science, "Mass die-offs in marine mammals are accelerating, and climate change will only make it worse," 22 June 2020 Humans cannot get canine distemper, but dogs can if they are not properly vaccinated, according to the release. Lily Jackson |, al, "Raccoon unrest: Orange Beach officials warn public about raccoon distemper," 19 May 2020 Tigers are known to be vulnerable to rabies, anthrax and canine distemper, an often fatal morbillivirus commonly spread by stray dogs. Gloria Dickie, New York Times, "India Sees Coronavirus Threat to Fragile Population: Tigers," 22 Apr. 2020 Similar to the common cold, canine distemper can be transmitted through inhalation of respiratory droplets or saliva, and occasionally through other bodily fluids. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Art Laboe talks radio; candidates weigh in on Native American issues," 14 Feb. 2020 In 1987, there were only 18 surviving due to outbreaks of canine distemper virus and sylvatic plague. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Sweet face, sharp claws: Louisville Zoo specializes in breeding a tiny endangered animal," 24 Feb. 2020 State officials are warning about the spread of canine distemper among wild animals that carry the potentially fatal virus. Arlene Martinez, USA TODAY, "In California: Art Laboe talks radio; candidates weigh in on Native American issues," 14 Feb. 2020 Some of the animals also suffered from complications due to canine distemper, a condition that can affect dogs and tigers. Steve Winter, National Geographic, "86 tigers rescued from Tiger Temple died in government custody," 17 Sep. 2019

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1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Canine distemper.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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