Oyster Herpes-Type Virus

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Science  17 Nov 1972:
Vol. 178, Issue 4062, pp. 759-760
DOI: 10.1126/science.178.4062.759


A herpes-type virus infection, the first to be found in an invertebrate animal, is reported in the oyster Crassostrea virginica. Intranuclear herpes-type viral inclusions were more prevalent in the oyster at elevated water temperatures of 28° to 30°C than at normal ambient temperatures of 18° to 20°C. The inclusions were associated with a lethal disease at the elevated temperatures.