|Title / Titel||West Nile Fever: an emerging disease of wild birds in Switzerland ?|
|Abstract (PDF, 14 KB)|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||West Nile Fever (WNF) is a zoonosis and therefore the spread of this subtropical disease must be a public health concern. The introduction of WNF in the US (1999) had a devastating effect on wird bird population. Increased mortalities were observed in selected species. Migratory birds and mosquitoes ascertain the conservation and spread of WNF. Even fatalities in humans are observed regularly in the eastern part of North America (250 deaths/year) and underline the importance of WVF as zoonosis.
Recent observations of mortality due to WNF in migratory birds in Israel led to the working hypothesis that an introduction of this virus in Switzerland cannot be excluded.
This project will provide us data on the prevalence of WNF in wild birds in Switzerland.
1. virological and molecular monitoring of mosquitoes and wild birds mainly focused on migratory birds.
2. serological monitoring of wild birds and selected commercial bird flocks.
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||west nile fever, wild bird, pevalence|
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
|Other Public Sources (e.g. Federal or Cantonal Agencies)
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Jan 2007 to Dec 2008|