Published Aug 11, 2014


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Manuela Echeverri-Zuluaga

Yeison H. Duque-García

Julian Ruiz-Saenz


Dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) is one of the most important pathogen of cetaceans. It was first described in the late 80s, since has been causing outbreaks that affects dolphin populations and also in other cetaceans in the U.S. and in the Mediterranean sea. We conducted a bibliographic search in MedLine, SciELO, Scopus® and Google Scholar without timeline limits using MeSH terms such as Cetacean morbillivirus, Pilot Whale morbillivirus, Dolphin morbillivirus, Strandings, etc., with the aim of provide a critical update on basic, clinical and epidemiological aspects of one of the most important emerging infections for cetacean wildlife, with particular emphasis on the current alternatives for diagnosis and control. Based on the information gathered we concluded that there is not only a need to study and quantify the strandings, but we need to develop awareness of the importance of this viral infection in cetaceans and to apply effective management plans that maintain those populations in biological balance.

cetacean morbillivirus, epidemiology, Paramyxoviridae, pilot whale Morbillivirus, RT-PCR.

How to Cite
Echeverri-Zuluaga, M., Duque-García, Y. H., & Ruiz-Saenz, J. (2014). Morbillivirus de los Delfines: Patógeno re-emergente en la población de cetáceos. Universitas Scientiarum, 20(1), 29–41.
Marine Virology