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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Full Paper

Year: 2010

Authors: Ziegler, U; Seidowski, D; Globig, A; Fereidouni, SR; Ulrich, RG; Groschup, MH

Title: Sentinel birds in wild-bird resting sites as potential indicators for West Nile virus infections in Germany.

Source: Arch Virol. 2010; 155(6):965-969

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Fereidouni Sasan

West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-transmitted flavivirus with wild birds as its natural hosts. Ravens, falcons and jays are highly susceptible for WNV and develop deadly encephalitis, while other bird species undergo only subclinical infections. Migratory birds are efficient vectors for geographic spreading of WNV. Until now, WNV infections have not been diagnosed in Germany, but infections in humans and horses have occurred recently in Austria, Hungary and Italy. To investigate potential WNV introduction by infected wild birds, we have monitored the serological status of ducks in three national sentinel stations. No WNV-positive reactions were found, whereas sera from coots from northern Iran were positive.

Keywords Pubmed: Animal Migration*
Animals, Wild/virology*
Antibodies, Viral/blood
Bird Diseases/diagnosis
Bird Diseases/epidemiology
Bird Diseases/virology
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Sentinel Surveillance/veterinary*
West Nile Fever/veterinary*
West Nile Fever/virology
West Nile virus*/genetics
West Nile virus*/immunology
West Nile virus*/isolation & purification

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