Establishment of an early warning system against Bluetongue virus in Switzerland

Racloz, V., Straver, R., Kuhn, M., Thur, B., Vanzetti, T., Stark, K. D., Griot, C. and Cagienard, A. (2006) Establishment of an early warning system against Bluetongue virus in Switzerland. Schweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde, 148 11: 593-598. doi:10.1024/0036-7281.148.11.593


Author Racloz, V.
Straver, R.
Kuhn, M.
Thur, B.
Vanzetti, T.
Stark, K. D.
Griot, C.
Cagienard, A.
Title Establishment of an early warning system against Bluetongue virus in Switzerland
Journal name Schweizer Archiv fur Tierheilkunde   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0036-7281
1664-2848
Publication date 2006-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1024/0036-7281.148.11.593
Volume 148
Issue 11
Start page 593
End page 598
Total pages 6
Place of publication Bern, Switzerland
Publisher Verlag Hans Huber AG
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Bluetongue (BT) is a vector-borne animal disease of economical importance due to the international trade restrictions likely to be put into place in a country once the infection is discovered. The presence of BT and its vectors in countries adjacent to Switzerland stresses the need of implementing a surveillance system and to raise disease awareness among potential stakeholders. A national survey in Switzerland 2003 indicated freedom of Bluetongue virus (BTV), although a single individual of the main BT vector Culicoides imicola was caught in the canton of Ticino. The survey also demonstrated that potential BT vectors, C. obsoletus and C. pulicaris are locally abundant in Switzerland. Therefore, a new surveillance method based on sentinel herds in high risk areas was implemented in 2004 for the early detection of both an incursion of BT vectors into Switzerland, and potential virus circulation among cattle.
Keyword Bluetongue virus
Culicoides
Sentinel herd surveillance
Early warning systems
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Veterinary Science Publications
 
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