Widespread Circulation of Flaviviruses in Horses and Birds in Northeastern Spain (Catalonia) between 2010 and 2019
Jiménez-Clavero, Miguel Ángel
The surveillance for West Nile virus (WNV) in Catalonia (northeastern Spain) has consistently detected flaviviruses not identified as WNV. With the aim of characterizing the flaviviruses circulating in Catalonia, serum samples from birds and horses collected between 2010 and 2019 and positive by panflavivirus competition ELISA (cELISA) were analyzed by microneutralization test (MNT) against different flaviviruses. A third of the samples tested were inconclusive by MNT, highlighting the limitations of current diagnostic techniques. Our results evidenced the widespread circulation of flaviviruses, in particular WNV, but also Usutu virus (USUV), and suggest that chicken and horses could serve as sentinels for both viruses. In several regions, WNV and USUV overlapped, but no significant geographical aggregation was observed. Bagaza virus (BAGV) was not detected in birds, while positivity to tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) was sporadically detected in horses although no endemic foci were observed. So far, no human infections by WNV, USUV, or TBEV have been reported in Catalonia. However, these zoonotic flaviviruses need to be kept under surveillance, ideally within a One Health framework.
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Napp, Sebastian, Francisco Llorente, Cécile Beck, Eduard Jose-Cunilleras, Mercè Soler, Lola Pailler-García, and Rayane Amaral et al. 2021. "Widespread Circulation Of Flaviviruses In Horses And Birds In Northeastern Spain (Catalonia) Between 2010 And 2019". Viruses 13 (12): 2404. doi:10.3390/v13122404.
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MINECO/Programa Estatal de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la sociedad/E-RTA2015-00002-CO2-01/ES/ /
INIA/Programa Estatal de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la sociedad/PID2020-116768RR-C21/ES/NUEVAS CEPAS EMERGENTES DE VIRUS WEST NILE: ANALISIS DE LA INFECCION EN HOSPEDADORES VERTEBRADOS Y SU PROPAGACION GEOGRAFICA/
INIA/Programa Estatal de I+D+I orientada a los retos de la sociedad/PID2020-116768RR-C22/ES/DETERMINACION DEL PAPEL DE MOSQUITOS VECTORES Y OTROS FACTORES EN LA TRANSMISION DEL VIRUS WEST NILE/
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