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Waterbird movement across the Great Dividing Range and implications for arbovirus irruption into southern Victoria.

journal contribution
posted on 2012-05-01, 00:00 authored by Patrick GuayPatrick Guay, J K Azuolas, S Warner
BACKGROUND:   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. METHODS AND RESULTS:   We tested this hypothesis by analysing data on waterbird banding and recovery and discovered that 12 species can cross the GDR. CONCLUSION:   Waterbirds have the potential to carry arboviruses, including MVEV, into southern Victoria.

History

Journal

Australian veterinary journal

Volume

90

Issue

5

Pagination

197 - 198

Publisher

Wiley

Location

Chichester, Eng.

eISSN

1751-0813

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2012, The Authors