Can humans get Phocine distemper virus?

Human health risk PDV has never been recorded as a cause of human illness, either during this current outbreak or during previous epizootics in seals. However sick, dying or dead seals may be more accessible to the general public and consequently there may be increased contact between people and seals.

What is PDV disease?

Phocine morbillivirus, formerly phocine distemper virus (PDV), is a paramyxovirus of the genus Morbillivirus that is pathogenic for pinniped species, particularly seals. Clinical signs include laboured breathing, fever and nervous symptoms.

Can humans get herpes from animals?

Many strains of the herpes virus produce external blisters and sores on the skin and these are highly contagious and can be transmittable between species. Some species of herpes virus can be transmitted between humans and animals but transmission from animals to humans is rare.

What animal has herpes?

Herpesviruses are one of the major causes of bovine rhinotracheitis, pseudorabies, and Marek’s infectious disease in domestic animal species except sheep. This chapter states that herpesviruses is found in insects, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and mollusks as well as in virtually every species of bird and mammal.

What animals do canine and Phocine distemper virus respectively affect?

Canine distemper virus has been associated with marine mamals such as seals, dolphins, and porpoises. In 1988 in the North and Baltic Sea area of Northern Europe there was a massive outbreak of distemper in Phocine species. Particularly affected were the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina).

What disease do seals carry?

For the first time, researchers have found a virulent human infection in Antarctic wildlife. Fur seal pups on one island are carrying a nasty strain of the bacterium E. coli that causes severe diarrhoea in humans and domestic animals.

Do seals get distemper?

Seals can be infected with canine distemper virus and it has caused mortality in seals in the past. Canine distemper virus is not uncommon in wild carnivores in the United States.

What are the symptoms of HHV 6?


  • Sudden high fever (above 103 F) lasting three to five days.
  • Mild sore throat.
  • Runny nose.
  • Cough.
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck.
  • Irritability.
  • Mild diarrhea.
  • Decreased appetite.