Technical Disease Card

Morbillivirus in non-human primates (Infection with)

Morbilliviruses belong to the family Paramyxoviridae , and are enveloped, negative-sense single-stranded RNA viruses. Members of the genus Morbillivirus are able to infect a wide range of hosts to cause varied types of disease, many of which are severe.
Measles (MV), often called rubeola or rubella, is a highly contagious morbillivirus primarily found in humans, but has the capacity to infect non-human primates (NHPs). Natural infections in wild free-ranging primates are uncommon, and the severity of disease varies with host species.