The project Marine Animal Health has as main objectives the evaluation, monitoring and improving of health in the marine fauna of the Mediterranean Sea, contributing to conservation of the marine ecosystem.


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  1. PDFMelero M., Giménez-Lirola LG., Rubio-Guerri C., Crespo JL., Sierra E., García-Párraga D., García-Peña FJ., Arbelo M., Álvaro T., Valls M., Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM. "Fluorescent microbead-based immunoassay for anti-Erysipelothrix rhusiopathiae antibody detection in cetaceans". Dis Aquat Org. 117: 237-243. 1/2016.

  2. PDFMelero M., Crespo-Picazo J.L., Rubio-Guerri C., García-Párraga D., Sánchez-Vizcaíno J.M. 2015. "First molecular determination of herpesvirus from two mysticete species stranded in the Mediterranean Sea". BMC Vet Res. 11:283. 11/2015.

  3. PDF Melero M, Rodríguez-Prieto V, Rubio-García A, García-Párraga D, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM. "Thermal reference points as an index for monitoring body temperature in marine mammals". BMC Res Notes. 8(1):411. 09/2015.

  4. Jiménez Martínez MA, Rubio-Guerri C, Melero M, Crespo JL, García D, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM. "Histopathological findings in cetaceans stranded on the spanish mediterranean coast between 2011 and 2014". Journal of Comparative Pathology. 152(1):89. 1/2015.

  5. PDFRubio-Guerri, C., García-Párraga, D., Nieto-Pelegrín, E., Melero, M., Álvaro, T., Valls, M., Crespo, JL, Sánchez-Vizcaíno, JM., “Novel adenovirus detected in captive bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) suffering from self-limiting gastroenteritis” BMC Vet Res. 11:53. (Online 3/2015).

  6. PDFMelero M., Garcia-Párraga D., Corpa J., Ortega J., Rubio-Guerri C., Crespo J., Rivera-Arroyo B., Sanchez-Vizcaino J.. “First molecular detection and characterization of herpesvirus and poxvirus in a Pacific walrus ( Odobenus rosmarus divergens)”. BMC Vet Res. 10:968. (Online 12/2014).

  7. PDFCrespo JL, García-Párraga D, Giménez I, Rubio-Guerri C, Melero M, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM, Marco A, Cuesta JA, Muñoz MJ."Two cases of pseudohermaphroditism in loggerhead sea turtles Caretta caretta". Dis Aquat Organ. 105(3):183-91. 9/2013

  8. PDFRubio-Guerri C, Melero M, Esperón F, Bellière EN, Arbelo M, Crespo JL, Sierra E, García-Párraga D, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM. "Unusual striped dolphin mass mortality episode related to cetacean morbillivirus in the Spanish Mediterranean Sea". BMC Vet Res. 9(1):106. 5/2013.

  9. PDFRubio-Guerri C, Melero M, Rivera-Arroyo B, Bellière EN, Crespo JL, García-Párraga D, Esperón F, Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM. "Simultaneous diagnosis of Cetacean morbillivirus infection in dolphins stranded in the Spanish Mediterranean sea in 2011 using a novel Universal Probe Library (UPL) RT-PCR assay". Veterinary Microbiology. S0378-1135(13)00040-0. 1/2013.

  10. PDFRodríguez-Prieto V., Rubio-García A., Melero M., García D., and Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM."Identification of the pattern of appearance and development of thermal windows in the skin of juvenile Pacific walruses (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) in a controlled environment". Marine Mamal Science. 29(1):167-176. 1/2013.

  11. Esperon F., Garcia-Parraga D., Belliere EN. and Sanchez-Vizcaino JM.. "Molecular diagnosis of lobomycosis-like disease in a bottlenose dolphin in captivity". Medical Mycology. 50(1):106-109. 1/2012
  12. PDFMelero M., Rubio-Guerri C., Crespo JL., Arbelo M., Vela AI., García D., Sierra E., Domínguez L., y Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM. "First case of erysipelas in a free-ranging bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) stranded in the Mediterranean Sea". Diseases of Aquatic Organisms. 97(2):167-170. 12/2011

  13. PDFBellière EN., Esperón F. y Sánchez-Vizcaíno JM.. "Genetic comparison among dolphin morbillivirus in the 1990-1992 and 2006-2008 Mediterranean outbreaks". Infection, genetics and evolution. 11(8):1913-1920. 12/2011

  14. PDFBellière, EN., Esperón, F., Fernández, A., Arbelo, M., Muñoz, MJ, Sánchez-Vizcaíno, JM. "Phylogenetic analysis of a new Cetacean morbilivirus from a short-finned pilot whale stranded in the Canary Islands". Research in Veterinary Science. 90(2):324-8. 4/2011

  15. PDF Presence of herpesvirus in striped dolphins stranded during the cetacean morbillivirus epizootic along the Mediterranean Spanish coast in 2007Bellière, EN., Esperón, F., Arbelo, M., Muñoz, MJ., Fernández, A., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, JM.. "Presence of herpesvirus in striped dolphins stranded during the cetacean morbillivirus epizootic along the Mediterranean Spanish coast in 2007". Archives of Virology. 155(8):1307-11. 8/2010.

  16. PDF Bluetongue virus serotypes 1 and 4 in red deer, SpainEsperón, F., Fernández, A., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, JM. (2008). “Herpes simplex-like infection in a bottlenose dolphin stranded in the Canary Islands”. Diseases Of Aquatic Organisms. Vol.81:73-73.

  17. PDF Bluetongue virus serotypes 1 and 4 in red deer, SpainCámara, S., Múñoz, MJ., Carballo, M., Sánchez-Vizcaíno, JM (2008). “Determination of the inmunotoxic potential of heavy metals on the functional activity of bottlenose dolphin leukocytes in vitro". Veterinary Inmunology and Immunopathology. 121, 189-198.


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Marine Animal Health.