Special Issue "Emerging Vector Borne Viruses in Africa"

A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915). This special issue belongs to the section "Animal Viruses".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 July 2023 | Viewed by 312

Special Issue Editors

Institute of Microbiology and Virology, Brandenburg Medical School Fontane, Senftenberg Site, B-TU Campus, Building 15, Universitaetsplatz 1, D-01968 Senftenberg, Germany
Interests: viruses; emerging diseases; molecular epidemiology; mobile molecular diagnostics; point-of-care tests
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Department of Virology, Medicum, University of Helsinki, P.O. Box 21 (Haartmaninkatu 3), 00014 Helsinki, Finland
Interests: ecology and epidemiology of zoonotic viruses; virus discovery; virus-host interactions, pathogenesis, and diagnostics of emerging infections
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Limited resources, climate change, and close co-existence with both domestic and wild animals, together with high biodiversity and increasing populations make the African continent a hotspot for vector-borne and zoonotic viral diseases, which may spread globally as the current worldwide surge of MPXV shows. This is not a singular event and was preceded by earlier episodes of West Nile virus (WNVI-I 1999 Europe and Americas, WNV II 2004 Europe) and Chikungunya virus (2004–2008 Indian Ocean region and South-East Asia) and has also been observed for livestock infections such as Bluetongue virus (2006–2008 in Europe), African swine fever virus (2007–ongoing in Eastern Europe), and Avian influenza in Europe (2021–ongoing).

A recent systematic review on the available information on viral diseases reported in Africa urgently recommended “active surveillance of viral diseases and strict implementation of One Health measures in Africa to improve human public health and reduce the possibility of potential pandemics due to zoonotic viruses”. Another review on the influence of climate change on the spread of pathogens listed the following factors: facilitating contacts between people and pathogens, improved climate suitability for reproduction, acceleration of the life cycle, increasing seasons/length of likely exposure, enhancing pathogen–vector interactions and increased virulence as main factors. It is therefore evident that the likelihood of emerging and re-emerging diseases moving out of Africa is very high.

In this Special Issue, we therefore welcome submissions targeting this field and want to give young African researchers, especially those working on vector-borne diseases, a platform to publish their most recent work in the areas listed below.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Weidmann
Prof. Dr. Olli Vapalahti
Guest Editors

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  • vector(arthropod)-borne viral diseases
  • outbreak reports
  • virus isolation and characterisation
  • molecular epidemiological studies
  • epidemiological surveillance
  • pathogen–vector interactions
  • mobile diagnostics for emerging and re-emerging diseases

Published Papers

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