Home News About Us Contact Contributors Disclaimer Privacy Policy Help FAQ

Quick Search
My eDoc
Session History
Support Wiki
Direct access to
document ID:

          Institute: MPI für Evolutionsbiologie     Collection: Evolutionary genetics     Display Documents

ID: 536009.0, MPI für Evolutionsbiologie / Evolutionary genetics
West Nile virus monitoring of migratory and resident birds in Germany
Authors:Seidowski, Diana; Ziegler, Ute; von Rönn, Jan A. C.; Müller, Kerstin; Hüppop, Kathrin; Müller, Thomas; Freuling, Conrad; Nowotny, Norbert; Ulrich, Rainer G.; Niedrig, Matthias; Groschup, Martin H.
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2010-09-20
Title of Journal:Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases
Issue / Number:7
Start Page:639
End Page:647
Review Status:not specified
Audience:Not Specified
Abstract / Description:West Nile virus (WNV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus naturally circulating in wild bird populations. The virus is also capable to infect a broad range of vertebrate species. Humans and equines are highly susceptible and can develop mild flu-like illnesses as well as severe encephalitis leading to fatalities. Most recently, WNV was found to circulate in countries close to Germany, such as France, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, and Hungary. Given this epidemiological situation its spread to Germany cannot be ruled out. As no data on the WNV situation were available for Germany for the most recent past, we have conducted a serological survey to reveal WNV antibodies in wild birds. More than 2700 blood samples from migratory and resident birds representing 72 species that were collected during 2005–2009 were tested using an immunofluorescence assay and partly by micro-virus neutralization test. By immunofluorescence assay WNV-reactive antibodies could be demonstrated in 11 wild bird species. Similarly, WNV-neutralizing antibodies were revealed in migratory birds belonging to 10 species, but not in resident birds. According to the absence of WNV-reactive antibodies in resident birds and the absence of WNV-specific RNA in all investigated bird samples, there is currently no evidence for a WNV circulation in Germany
Free Keywords:arbovirus(es); birds; Germany; transmission; West Nile virus
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Article
Communicated by:Brigitte Lechner
Affiliations:MPI für Evolutionsbiologie/Abt. Evolutionsgenetik
External Affiliations:Institute for Novel and Emerging Infectious Diseases, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Isle of Riems, Germany; Department of Veterinary Medicine, Small Animal Clinic, Freie Universität Berlin, Berlin, Germany; Institute of Avian Research, “Vogelwarte Helgoland,” Island Station, Helgoland, Germany;
Institute for Epidemiology, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Wusterhausen, Germany; Institute for Biochemistry and Biology of the University of Postdam, Potsdam, Germany; Clinical Virology, Department of Pathobiology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria; Centre for Biological Safety 1, Robert Koch-Institut, Berlin, Germany
Identifiers:ISSN:1530-3667 (print) [ID-No:1]
ISSN:1557-7759 (online) [ID-No:2]
DOI:10.1089/vbz.2009.0236 [ID-No:3]
LOCALID:2799/S 39143 [Listen-Nummer/S-Nummer]
Full Text:
Sorry, no privileges
The scope and number of records on eDoc is subject to the collection policies defined by each institute - see "info" button in the collection browse view.