Detection of Usutu virus within a West Nile virus surveillance program in Northern Italy.

@article{Tamba2011DetectionOU,
  title={Detection of Usutu virus within a West Nile virus surveillance program in Northern Italy.},
  author={M Tamba and Paolo Bonilauri and Romeo Bellini and Mattia Calzolari and Alessandro Albieri and Vittorio Sambri and Michele Dottori and Paola Angelini},
  journal={Vector borne and zoonotic diseases},
  year={2011},
  volume={11 5},
  pages={551-7}
}
Usutu virus (USUV) is a mosquito-borne flavivirus belonging to the Japanese encephalitis serocomplex, recently related to neurological disease in immunosuppressed patients. In the same area of Northern Italy where USUV human cases occurred in 2009, a regional West Nile virus (WNV) surveillance program based on mosquito monitoring and wild birds screening has been implemented since 2008. Mosquito pools and wild birds were tested using three different polymerase chain reactions (Flavivirus, WNV… CONTINUE READING
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