A calicivirus was isolated from the rectum of a Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) pup on Rogue Reef, off the southern Oregon coast. Based on the results of neutralization tests I with specific typing antisera, the isolate was identified as San Miguel sea lion virus serotype 6 (SMSV-6). Blood obtained from nine of 37 pups (24%) during virus sample collection procedures had specific neutralizing antibodies to SMSV-6. The isolation of SMSV-6 from a Steller sea lion represents, to our knowledge, the first isolation of any virus from this widely distributed marine mammal species, and serves to reconfirm the host-nonspecificity of yet another calicivirus of marine origin.
FIRST ISOLATION OF A CALICIVIRUS FROM THE STELLER SEA LION (EUMETOPIAS JUBATUS)
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Douglas E. Skilling, Jeffrey E. Barlough, Eugene S. Berry, Robin F. Brown, Alvin W. Smith; FIRST ISOLATION OF A CALICIVIRUS FROM THE STELLER SEA LION (EUMETOPIAS JUBATUS). J Wildl Dis 1 October 1987; 23 (4): 534–538. doi: https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-23.4.534
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