Waterbird Movement Across the Great Dividing Range and Implications for Arbovirus Irruption into Southern Victoria

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Guay, Patrick-Jean, Azuolas, J. K and Warner, S (2012) Waterbird Movement Across the Great Dividing Range and Implications for Arbovirus Irruption into Southern Victoria. Australian Veterinary Journal, 90 (5). pp. 197-198. ISSN 0005-0423 (print), 1751-0813 (online)

Abstract

Waterbirds are the major hosts of various arboviruses. Murray Valley encephalitis virus (MVEV) is an arbovirus native to northern Australia, the major hosts of which are Phalacrocoraciformes (cormorants), Ciconiiformes (herons) and other waterbirds. MVEV is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes and can cause acute encephalomyelitis. In Victoria, MVEV is restricted to the northern side of the Great Dividing Range (GDR), suggesting that waterbirds cannot cross the high country. and results We tested this hypothesis by analysing data on waterbird banding and recovery and discovered that 12 species can cross the GDR. Waterbirds have the potential to carry arboviruses, including MVEV, into southern Victoria.

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Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/22208
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1751-0813.2012.00908.x
Official URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1751-...
Subjects Current > FOR Classification > 0602 Ecology
Current > FOR Classification > 0605 Microbiology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Current > Division/Research > College of Science and Engineering
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Institute for Sustainability and Innovation (ISI)
Keywords ResPubID25948, alfuy virus, arbovirus, avian influenza, flavivirus, Kunjin virus, Murray Valley encephalitis, Sindbis virus, Victoria, Australia
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