Japanse encefalitis in Zuid-Europa?

Translated title of the contribution: Japanese encephalitis in Southern Europe

Natalie Cleton*, Marion Koopmans, Marieta Braks, Chantal Reusken

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In 2012, a fragment of the Japanese encephalitis virus (JEV) genome was isolated from a pool of Culex pipiens mosquitoes caught in 2010 and 2011 in Northern Italy. JEV has a broad geographical distribution in South and Southeast Asia and Oceania, and is the most important cause of viral encephalitis in Asia in humans and also causes encephalitis in horses and fertility problems in pigs. However, recently isolated JEV genome fragments in mosquitoes in Italy could be an indication of repeated introduction of JEV, enzootic circulation of JEV or a related virus in Southern Europe. Until more information is available, Japanese encephalitis remains a travel-related infectious disease for travellers to JEV endemic and epidemic areas outside of Europe.

Translated title of the contributionJapanese encephalitis in Southern Europe
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)20-25
Number of pages6
JournalTijdschrift voor Diergeneeskunde
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


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