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Forensic pathology: tracing the origin of the Usutu Virus
Date:2/8/2013

soon developed and the population returned to normal levels.

As Weissenbck says, "We still do not fully understand how the virus reached Austria but we have at least uncovered one piece in the jigsaw. Rather than coming directly from Africa to Vienna, the Usutu virus seems to have been present in Italy for some time." The powerful techniques of forensic pathology may be helpful in unravelling the origins of other emerging diseases: for example, we still do not know how the bluetongue virus reached northern Germany or the West Nile virus arrived in central Europe.


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Contact: Herbert Weissenbck
herbert.weissenboeck@vetmeduni.ac.at
43-125-077-2418
University of Veterinary Medicine -- Vienna
Source:Eurekalert

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