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Volume 22, Number 4—April 2016

Morbillivirus and Pilot Whale Deaths, Canary Islands, Spain, 2015

Eva SierraComments to Author , Antonio Fernández, Cristian Suárez-Santana, Aina Xuriach, Daniele Zucca, Yara Bernaldo de Quirós, Natalia García-Álvarez, Jesús De la Fuente, Simona Sacchini, Marisa Andrada, Josué Díaz-Delgado, and Manuel Arbelo
Author affiliations: University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Arucas (Las Palmas), Canary Islands, Spain

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Characteristics for 3 short-finned pilot whales stranded along the Canary Islands, Spain, 2015*

Animal no., age/sex Total body length, cm Weight, kg Date stranded Location Decomposition code Main pathologic findings IHC-positive result PCR-positive result
1, J/F 202 119 Jan 14 Fuerteventura Moderate autolysis Dermatitis, suppurative rhinitis, paranasal sinusitis, otitis media, air sacculitis, laryngitis, laryngeal tonsillitis, BIP, hyperkeratotic gastritis, lymphoid depletion Lung, larynx, laryngeal tonsil, lymph nodes, spleen, adrenal gland, keratinized stomach, intestine, uterus, ovary Lung, larynx, pulmonary lymph node, laryngeal tonsil, spleen, intestine
2, C/M 168 75 May 15 Fuerteventura Fresh Dermatitis, cheilitis, suppurative laryngeal tonsillitis, BIP, encephalitis Lung, laryngeal tonsil, lymph nodes, spleen, kidney, testis, epididymis, intestine, adrenal gland, urinary bladder, brain Lung, pulmonary lymph node, laryngeal tonsil, intestine, brain
3, A/M 448 900 May 20 Tenerife Advanced autolysis Advanced autolysis None Laryngeal tonsil

*IHC, immunohistochemical analysis; J, juvenile; BIP, bronchointerstitial pneumonia; C, calf; A, adult. Tissues that were positive for herpesvirus and morbillivirus simultaneously are indicated in bold.

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