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clinical and molecular investigation of a canine distemper outbreak and vector-borne infections in a group of rescue dogs imported from hungary to switzerland.canine distemper virus (cdv) is a major pathogen of dogs and wild carnivores worldwide. in switzerland, distemper in domestic dogs is rarely reported. in recent years, the import of dogs from eastern europe to switzerland has steadily increased. in the present study, we describe a distemper outbreak in 15 rescue dogs that were imported from hungary to switzerland by an animal welfare organisation. the data on vaccination and medical history were recorded (14 dogs), and the samples were collected ...201526179635
Combining climatic projections and dispersal ability: a method for estimating the responses of sandfly vector species to climate change.BACKGROUND: In the Old World, sandfly species of the genus Phlebotomus are known vectors of Leishmania, Bartonella and several viruses. Recent sandfly catches and autochthonous cases of leishmaniasis hint on spreading tendencies of the vectors towards Central Europe. However, studies addressing potential future distribution of sandflies in the light of a changing European climate are missing. METHODOLOGY: Here, we modelled bioclimatic envelopes using MaxEnt for five species with proven or assum ...201122140590
isolation and characterization of leishmania parasites imported into switzerland--a retrospective study.cases of leishmaniasis imported into switzerland were diagnosed by culture and/or giemsa-stained smears. the cultures proved to be positive in 61 of 64 confirmed cases, whereas only 49% of giemsa-stained smears were positive. promastigotes were detected on average after 3.6 +/- 2.2 days. a total of 33 different isolates were characterized by isoenzyme analysis and typed as leishmania infantum (10 cases, mainly from europe), l. chagasi (1 case, central america), l. major (12 cases, mainly from af ...19968832739
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