mor·​bil·​li·​vi·​rus | \ mȯr-ˈbi-lə-ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce morbillivirus (audio) \

Definition of morbillivirus

: any of a genus (Morbillivirus) of paramyxoviruses that include the causative agents of canine distemper, measles, and rinderpest

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The School of Oceanography at the State University of Rio de Janeiro confirmed that cetacean morbillivirus, which can infect dolphins, porpoises, and whales, killed the marine mammals. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Scores of Dolphin Deaths Have Scientists Baffled," 12 Jan. 2018 Some 1,500 dolphins were killed by a single outbreak of morbilliviruses on the East Coast several years ago. New York Times, "Orcas of the Pacific Northwest Are Starving and Disappearing," 9 July 2018 Plus, there’s currently no vaccine to inoculate monk seals from toxoplasmosis the way that HMSRP has been doing as a preventative against a morbillivirus outbreak. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 In the northeastern United States, strains of morbillivirus killed harbor seals in 2006 and bottlenose dolphins between 1987 and 1988. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Scores of Dolphin Deaths Have Scientists Baffled," 12 Jan. 2018 The last major mass casualty event for marine mammals in this part of the world took place from 2013 to 2015, when a resurgence of the morbillivirus killed thousands of bottlenose dolphins on the Eastern Seaboard. Tatiana Schlossberg, New York Times, "Mass Die-Off of Whales in Atlantic Is Being Investigated," 27 Apr. 2017 Preliminary necropsy results suggest that four of New Jersey’s dolphins had pneumonia, and one had morbillivirus — hardly a sweeping trend. Nadia Drake, WIRED, "Perplexing Spike in Dolphin Deaths Hits Atlantic Coast," 8 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of morbillivirus

1976, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for morbillivirus

New Latin, from morbillus spot on the skin, pustule (from Medieval Latin, diminutive of Latin morbus) + virus

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mor·​bil·​li·​vi·​rus | \ -ˌvī-rəs How to pronounce morbillivirus (audio) \

Medical Definition of morbillivirus

1 capitalized : a genus of single-stranded RNA viruses of the family Paramyxoviridae that includes the causative agents of measles, canine distemper, and rinderpest
2 : any of the genus Morbillivirus of paramyxoviruses

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