What is it about?
Many viruses that infect humans are derived from viruses that infect animals. The measles virus is one such virus, which is derived from a cow (bovine) virus. Canine distemper virus, which mainly infects dogs, could also easily adapt to be infectious to humans.
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Why is it important?
Viruses classified in the genus Morbillivirus are the most infectious and highly virulent viruses. There is no guarantee that a novel morbillivirus will not emerge to infect humans. To prepare for such risks, it is important to understand the current situation.
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This page is a summary of: Animal morbilliviruses and their cross-species transmission potential, Current Opinion in Virology, April 2020, Elsevier,
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