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March 3, 2014

Did you know that the current version of NOAA NEXRAD Doppler Weather radar was first tested in 1986-88 and thus the name WSR-88?


1986-88 WSR-88 Testing

NPC and SEB approved Limited/Full Scale Production RFP (February).
– Preliminary site surveys completed (May).
– Limited/Full Scale Production Proposals received (June).
– Initial Operation Test and Evaluation (IOT&E) Part 1A conducted by US Air
Force Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC) (August-October).
– Validation Phase contract option to perform First Article upgrade task exercised

Did you know that the first recorded Morbilivirus in marine life in the US was in 1988?


Morbillivirus infections which were not documented in aquatic mammals until 1988, have caused at least five epizootics in these species during the last 10 years. Affected populations include European harbour seals (Phoca vitulina) and grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in 1998, Baikal seals (Phoca siberica) in Siberia from 1987-1988, striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba) in the Mediterranean Sea from 1990-1992 and bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) along the eastern coast of the United States from 1987-1988 and in the Gulf of Mexico from 1993-1994. Clinical signs and lesions in affected animals were similar to those of canine distemper. Lesions were mainly seen in lung, central nervous and lymphoid tissues and included formation of intranuclear and intracytoplasmic inclusion bodies. Syncytia were commonly found in lung and lymphoid tissues of cetaceans but not of pinnipeds. Antigenic and molecular biological studies indicate that a newly discovered morbillivirus, termed phocine distemper virus, and canine distemper virus were responsible for recent pinniped epizootics; cetacean die-offs were caused by strains of a second, newly recognized cetacean morbillivirus. Serological evidence of morbillivirus infection has been identified in a broad range of marine mammal populations and recent epizootics probably resulted from transfer of virus to immunologically-naive populations.

Did you you know that the Morbilivirus also causes measles in humans?


Morbilliviruses belong to the Paramyxoviridae family.  Paramyxoviruses are single-stranded RNA(like norovirus) viruses that are responsible for various diseases in humans and animals. 1 Morbillivirus in particular is a family of viruses that includes: Measles virus – also known as rubeola, it is a well known disease in humans. Rinderpest virus – found in cattle, buffalo, and some wildlife Canine distemper virus – found in canines and many other species Phocine distemper virus – found particularly in seals Ovine rinderpest – found in goats and sheep.

Did you know that in addition to all the norovirus outbreaks there was a…

Measles outbreak on Costa Pacifica cruise ship


Via Cruise Law NewsMeasles Outbreak On Costa Pacifica Cruise Ship. Excerpt:

According to the Italian newspaper Il Messaggero a measles outbreak has occurred on the Costa Pacifica cruise ship. The newspaper says that dozens of cruise passengers were probably infected with the virus that causes measles. The cruise ship called on the port of Civitavecchia. 59 infected crew members were sent ashore for medical treatment. Costa says, for what it’s worth, that there have been no confirmed cases of passengers infected with the measles virus yet. A measles outbreak is very serious. There is a particular danger to women of childbearing age with measles.  U.S. based cruise lines vaccinate for measles because the virus is so virulent.

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