Track: 8, Arbovirus impact in livestock
Prof. Dr. Wim van der Poel
Prof. dr. Marion Koopmans, dr. Fred de Boer
Wageningen University & Research, Quantitative Veterinary Medicine
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Arboviruses can be of major risk to public health in the Netherlands. As a significant part of these viruses are zoonotic, there is a certain impact on animals as well. The Netherlands has a high livestock, equine and pet density and import (and export) of animals is common. For some emerging arboviruses, mammals only serve as dead-end hosts, while other viruses may pose a serious threat to animal health. This PhD research aims to 1) perform a baseline seroprevalence study for a number of arboviruses in livestock, equines, pets and 2) wildlife. This will be accomplished by using livestock samples which have been collected for infectious disease monitoring projects, already in place. Next to this, additional sampling campaigns will be set up for equines, pets and as appropriate for wildlife samples. To be prepared for when outbreaks or high-risk situations occur, 3) a risk-based response surveillance protocol will be developed focusing on susceptible animal species and multiple arboviruses. Finally, 4) we aim to assess the influence of changes in livestock farming on the risk of introduction and spread of arboviruses in the Netherlands. In the end, outcomes of this PhD research will be incorporated in models made by other members of the consortium. These models will work on early warning indicators, prediction of tipping points, species specific areas of interest etc. In this way, outcome of this research will contribute to the preparedness for emerging arboviruses and their risk for animal and public health.
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