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Relationship between measles and canine distemper viruses determined by delayed type hypersensitivity reactions in dogs


MEASLES virus, canine distemper virus and rinderpest virus are classified as members of a subgroup of paramyxoviruses with various interrelationships (reviewed in ref. 1). In some species and in some combinations the viruses may provide a measure of protection against virulent heterologous challenge. This has been the premise for using measles virus vaccine to protect pups against canine distemper at an age when passive maternal immunity often interferes with canine distemper vaccination2–5.

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BROWN, A., McCARTHY, R. Relationship between measles and canine distemper viruses determined by delayed type hypersensitivity reactions in dogs. Nature 248, 344–345 (1974).

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