distemper virus
Paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus. Commonest is the canine distemper virus that causes fever, vomiting and diarrhoea; variant that infects seals (Phocavirus) has caused significant mortality in recent years.

Dictionary of molecular biology. 2004.

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