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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-19285

Schwyzer, M (2009). Virus, wohin des Wegs? Wirtswechsel und ihre Folgen für die menschliche Gesundheit. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich, 154(1/2):1-9.

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Virus, whither are you wandering? Consequences of host changes for human health Viruses multiply in living host cells only. Successful viruses often cause mild or inapparent infections and do not kill their native host. A host change may disturb this equilibrium. The new host is not prepared for the infectious agent and contracts severe disease. On the other hand, the virus has to undergo many replication cycles until it adapts to the new host and reduces its virulence. Known viral diseases that are passed on from animals to humans (viral zoonoses) are rabies, H5N1-influenza and tick-borne encephalitis. Our global society permits additional viruses to emerge from their ecological niches. They carry exotic names like Ebola and Chikungunya or abbreviations like WNV and SARS. Which viruses may gain relevance in Switzerland, and how should we get prepared?

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Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:05 Vetsuisse Faculty > Institute of Virology
Dewey Decimal Classification:570 Life sciences; biology
Language:German
Date:2009
Deposited On:22 Jun 2009 08:31
Last Modified:23 Nov 2012 13:08
Publisher:Naturforschende Gesellschaft in Zürich
ISSN:0042-5672
Official URL:http://www.ngzh.ch/Viertel.html

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