Invasion of bluetongue and other orbivirus infections into Europe: the role of biological and climatic processes

Purse, B.V.; Brown, H.E.; Harrup, L.; Mertens, P.P.C.; Rogers, D.J.. 2008 Invasion of bluetongue and other orbivirus infections into Europe: the role of biological and climatic processes. Revue Scientifique Et Technique-Office International Des Epizooties, 27 (2). 427-442.

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The invasion of multiple strains of the midge-borne bluetongue virus into southern Europe since the late 1990s provides a rare example of a clear impact of climate change on a vector-borne disease. However, the subsequent dramatic continent-wide spread and burden of this disease has depended largely on altered biotic interactions with vector and host communities in newly invaded areas. Transmission by Palearctic vectors has facilitated the establishment of the disease in cooler and wetter areas of both northern and southern Europe. This paper discusses the important biological and climatic processes involved in these invasions, and the lessons that must be drawn for effective risk management of bluetongue and other midge-borne viruses in Europe.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Programmes: CEH Programmes pre-2009 publications > Biodiversity > BD02 An Integrated Framework for the Sustainable Management of Biological Introductions - Alien Species and Emerging Diseases > BD02.2 Species and ecosystem vulnerability to invasions
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Watt
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Additional Keywords: Bluetongue virus, Climate change, Culicoides, Environmental envelope, Europe, Invasion, Virus-vector interactions
NORA Subject Terms: Biology and Microbiology
Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 03 Nov 2009 11:15 +0 (UTC)

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