Migrating birds and tickborne encephalitis virus

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During spring and autumn 2001, we screened 13,260 migrating birds at Ottenby Bird Observatory, Sweden, and found 3.4% were infested with ticks. Four birds, each a different passerine species, carried tickborne encephalitis virus(TBEV)-infected ticks (Ixodes ricinus). Migrating birds may play a role in the geographic dispersal of TBEV-infected ticks.


  • Jonas Waldenström
  • Ake Lundkvist
  • Kerstin I. Falk
  • Ulf Garpmo
  • Sven Bergstrom
  • Gunnel Lindegren
  • Anders Sjostedt
  • Hans Mejlon
  • Thord Fransson
  • Paul D. Haemig
  • Bjorn Olsen
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Infectious Medicine
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1215-1218
JournalEmerging Infectious Diseases
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: Animal Ecology (Closed 2011) (011012001)