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Type of publication: Journal Article
Type of document: Short Communication

Year: 2016

Authors: Bakonyi, T; Gajdon, GK; Schwing, R; Vogl, W; Häbich, AC; Thaller, D; Weissenböck, H; Rudolf, I; Hubálek, Z; Nowotny, N

Title: Chronic West Nile virus infection in kea (Nestor notabilis).

Source: Vet Microbiol. 2016; 183:135-139

Authors Vetmeduni Vienna:

Bakonyi Tamas
Gajdon Gyula
Häbich Annett-Carolin
Nowotny Norbert
Schwing Raoul
Thaller Denise
Vogl Wolfgang
Weissenböck Herbert

Vetmed Research Units
University Clinic for Small Animals, Clinical Unit of Internal Medicine Small Animals
Messerli Research Institute, Comparative Cognition
Institute of Pathology
Institute of Virology
Konrad Lorenz Institute of Ethology, Unit of Ornithology

Project(s): Biology and control of vector-borne infections in europe

EuroWestNile-European West Nile collaborative research project

Six kea (Nestor notabilis) in human care, naturally infected with West Nile virus (WNV) lineage 2 in Vienna, Austria, in 2008, developed mild to fatal neurological signs. WNV RNA persisted and the virus evolved in the birds' brains, as demonstrated by (phylo)genetic analyses of the complete viral genomes detected in kea euthanized between 2009 and 2014. WNV antibodies persisted in the birds, too. Chronic WNV infection in the brain might contribute to the circulation of the virus through oral transmission to predatory birds. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Keywords Pubmed: Animals
Animals, Zoo
Bird Diseasespathologyvirology
Chronic Disease
Disease Outbreaks
Genome, Viralgenetics
West Nile Feverpathologyveterinaryvirology
West Nile virusclassificationisolation & purificationphysiology

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