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OCTOBER

05

2018

    SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY

    Canine Distemper Virus (CDV)

    News: Mutated virus may have killed Gujarat lions.
    Source: The Hindu

    Canine distemper virus is a highly contagious viral disease that primarily affects dogs. The virus is not a risk to either human health (does not present any symptoms) or food safety.

    Canine distemper virus (CDV) is an enveloped, single-stranded RNA virus that is part of the Paramyxovirus family, specifically the Morbillivirus class of viruses, and is closely related to the measles virus, which affects humans.

    It can also be found in other wildlife such as foxes, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, mink and ferrets. The virus is very unstable outside the host and is sensitive to lipid solvents and most disinfectants.