Volume 7 Supplement 1

Proceedings of the 1st Conference on Neglected Vectors and Vector-Borne Diseases (EurNegVec): with Management Committee and Working Group Meetings of the COST Action TD1303

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Bunyaviruses in human, animal and mosquito samples from southeast Austria

  • HP Huemer1, 3Email author,
  • B Seidel2,
  • P Hufnagl3,
  • A Deutz4,
  • A Posautz5,
  • S Dowall6,
  • R Hewson6,
  • Z Hubalek7 and
  • F Allerberger3
Parasites & Vectors20147(Suppl 1):P14


Published: 1 April 2014

In Austria occurrence of 40 different species of mosquitoes belonging to 6 genera has been described. AGES in 2011 initiated a nation-wide mosquitoe-surveillance program to identify invading species. As part of this project, pools of Culex, Aedes, Anopheles and Culisetta species collected in different parts of the country were analyzed by PCR analysis; in addition seroepidemiological testing for bunyaviruses was performed in selected regions. In order to be able to detect also new strains, a broad spectrum CODEHOP (Consensus-Degenerate Hybrid Oligonucleotide Primer) approach was used initially; presumably due to the low sensitivity of degenerated primer designs and due to dilution in insect pools, we did not pick up any new isolates so far using Orthobunyavirus, Phlebovirus or Nairovirus group-specific primers. Two bunyaviruses were found in Culex pipiens from the southern province Carynthia in 2012, detected with non-degenerate multiplex PCR, the sequences highly homologous to Italian Tahynavirus (TAHV) isolates. 245 sera collected for a study of zoonotic infections in hunters, veterinarians, farmers, and abattoir workers (conducted by the Styrian health authorities in 2003), were tested by ELISA tests, using inactivated Crimean Congo virus (CCHF) from Bulgaria as well as recombinant CCHF nucleoprotein produced in baculovirus. In addition, cell culture derived TAHV lysates as well as TAHV infected cells were used as antigens in ELISA and immunofluorescence (IF) under an experimental setup. No seropositivity for CCHF or related nairoviruses was found in these Austrian human sera originating from risk groups for zoonotic infection.

Authors’ Affiliations

Dpt. Hygiene, Microbiology & Social Medicine, Medical University Innsbruck
Ecology and Landscape Assessment
Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES)
Styrian Public Health Authority, BH Murau
Inst.Wildlife Ecology, University for Veterinary Medicine
Public Health England, Microbiol.Services
Inst. Vertebrate Biology, Academy of Sciences


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