Zoonotic mosquito-borne flaviviruses: worldwide presence of agents with proven pathogenicity and potential candidates of future emerging diseases

Vet Microbiol. 2010 Jan 27;140(3-4):271-80. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2009.08.025. Epub 2009 Aug 26.


An update on the mosquito-borne flavivirus species including certain subtypes, as listed in the Eighth Report of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, is given. Special emphasis is placed on viruses which have been shown to cause diseases in animals, and viruses for which no pathogenicity has been proven yet. Several recent examples (Usutu virus and lineage-2 West Nile virus in central Europe, Zika virus in Micronesia) have shown that sources providing information on such scientifically largely neglected viruses are valuable tools for scientists and public health officials having to deal with such disease emergences. Furthermore the effects of global warming will lead to introduction of competent mosquito vectors into temperate climate zones and will increase efficiency of viral replication in less competent vector species. This, facilitated by rising global travel and trade activities, will facilitate introduction and permanent establishment of mosquito-borne viruses, some of which may become of public health or veterinary concern, into novel environments, e.g. industrialized countries worldwide.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / epidemiology*
  • Communicable Diseases, Emerging / virology*
  • Culicidae / virology*
  • Disease Vectors
  • Flavivirus / classification
  • Flavivirus / isolation & purification
  • Flavivirus Infections / epidemiology*
  • Flavivirus Infections / veterinary*
  • Flavivirus Infections / virology
  • Humans
  • Zoonoses / epidemiology*
  • Zoonoses / virology*