Usutu Virus in Blackbirds (Turdus merula), Czech Republic, 2011–2012

Authors

  • Z. Hubálek,

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    1. Institute of Vertebrate Biology v.v.i., Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
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      Z. Hubálek, Institute of Vertebrate Biology v.v.i., Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, Kvetna 8, 60365 Brno, Czech Republic. Tel.: +420 519352961; Fax: +420 519352387; E-mail: zhubalek@brno.cas.cz

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  • I. Rudolf,

    1. Institute of Vertebrate Biology v.v.i., Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
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  • M. Čapek,

    1. Institute of Vertebrate Biology v.v.i., Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
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  • T. Bakonyi,

    1. Department of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Szent István University, Budapest, Hungary
    2. Viral Zoonoses, Emerging and Vector-Borne Infections Group, Institute of Virology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
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  • L. Betášová,

    1. Institute of Vertebrate Biology v.v.i., Academy of Sciences, Brno, Czech Republic
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  • N. Nowotny

    1. Viral Zoonoses, Emerging and Vector-Borne Infections Group, Institute of Virology, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
    2. Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman
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Summary

The central European lineage of Usutu virus was isolated from a blackbird (Turdus merula), which was found dead in the city of Brno, Czech Republic, in 2011. The virus RNA was detected in two other dead blackbirds in Brno during 2012.

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