* Partner laboratory
Sendai virus, also known as murine parainfluenza virus 1, causes infections in rabbits, guinea pigs, hamsters, rats and mice as well as in humans. An introduction into a population leads to severe respiratory symptoms (focally ulcerative/necrotising rhinitis/tracheitis, pneumonia and pleuritis) and mortality rates of up to 100% especially in mice. If the infection persists in a population, the course of infection is milder or subclinical. Once the infection is overcome, antibodies are detectable throughout life.