Special Issue "Viruses and Urbanization: Persistence, Transmission, and Evolution"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Cadhla Firth
Guest Editor
Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine, James Cook University, Cairns QLD, Australia
Interests: urbanization; land-use change; emerging infectious diseases; zoonotic diseases; metagenomics; pathogen discovery; phylogenetics; phylodynamics
Dr. Kim Blasdell
Guest Editor
Health and Biosecurity, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Geelong, Australia
Interests: zoonotic disease; arboviruses; virus characterization; metagenomics; pathogen discovery; urbanization; land-use change; integrated pest management; public health

Special Issue Information

Dear colleagues,

Urbanization is a global phenomenon that has led to a rapid increase in both the number of people living in cities and the proportion of land mass occupied by urban environments. By 2030, approximately 80% of the human population is expected to be concentrated in cities across the globe. Urbanization rapidly transforms natural ecosystems, altering both ecological communities and the inter- and intra-specific interactions that occur within them. Although the process of urbanization destroys and fragments natural habitats, it also creates new ecological niches and provides access to abundant resources, allowing some species to thrive. The changing environmental and ecological dynamics that accompany urbanization have created new opportunities for viral diseases to emerge and spread, including dengue virus, Ebola virus, and SARS-CoV-2. The large scale of the outbreaks caused by these and other viruses appears to be facilitated by the dense, interconnected, and highly mobile populations found in urban environments, resulting in public health and economic consequences at a scale previously unseen in human history.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to present a series of articles (both reviews and original research) examining all aspects of viruses in the urban environment, including studies on the emergence, transmission, persistence, and intra-host dynamics of viruses infecting people, animals, and plants. We hope that this Special Issue will help to reveal how viruses persist, circulate, and evolve within urban and urbanizing environments, and their impact on plant, animal, and human health.

Dr. Cadhla Firth
Dr. Kim Blasdell
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • virus–host interactions
  • virus evolution
  • disease ecology
  • arboviruses
  • biosecurity
  • zoonoses
  • epidemiology
  • disease surveillance
  • phylodynamics
  • transmission dynamics
  • transmission networks and clusters
  • integrated pest management
  • disease mitigation

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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