Morbillivirus cross-species infection: is there a risk for humans?

The WHO has set regional elimination goals for measles eradication to be achieved by 2020 or earlier. A major question is whether an opportunity for veterinary virus infection of humans may arise when measles is eradicated and if vaccination is discontinued. Louise Cosby discuses the evidence from viral genomics, animal studies and cell culture experiments to evaluate the possibility of cross-infection of humans with these viruses.

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