Estimating the temporal and spatial risk of bluetongue related to the incursion of infected vectors into Switzerland

Racloz, V and Venter, G and Griot, C and Staerk, K D C (2008) Estimating the temporal and spatial risk of bluetongue related to the incursion of infected vectors into Switzerland. BMC Veterinary Research, 4 (42).

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Abstract

Background: The design of veterinary and public health surveillance systems has been improved by the ability to combine Geographical Information Systems (GIS), mathematical models and up to date epidemiological knowledge. In Switzerland, an early warning system was developed for detecting the incursion of the bluetongue disease virus (BT) and to monitor the frequency of its vectors. Based on data generated by this surveillance system, GIS and transmission models were used in order to determine suitable seasonal vector habitat locations and risk periods for a larger and more targeted surveillance program.