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Coinfections of small mammals with zoonotic pathogens, subproject FLI (ZooCoInfect-FLI)


duration: 10/2019 – 09/2021

funded by: German Federal Ministry of Education and Research

The zoonosis networks RoBoPub, ZooBoCo, TBENAGER and Q-GAPS focus on single pathogens: tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEVearly summer meningoencephalitis virus (FSMEV; TBENAGER), Puumala orthohantavirus (PUUV) and, Leptospira spp. (RoBoPub), Coxiella burnetii (Q-GAPS) and bBornaviruses (ZooBoCo). To elucidate potential co-infections in small mammals, the ZooKoInfekt-FLI subproject of the networking project aims to examine the collected small mammals also for the respective other pathogens (PUUV, C. burnetii and bBorna disease virus 1, BoDV-1), and Tula orthohantavirus (TULV) and other hantaviruses, and to perform metagenomic analysis of fecal samples from selected animals. INNT Scientist Involved:

INNT scientist involved:

Prof. Dr. Rainer G. Ulrich

Dr. Marcel Bokelmann (PostDoc)
Sina Nippert (PhD student)

Sample collection under the safety cabinet for upcoming analyses (© FLI)

Project partners:

Dr. Katja Mertens-Scholz
Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI), Institute of Bacterial Infections and Zoonoses (IBIZ), Jena, Germany

Prof. Dr. Martin Beer
PD Dr. Dennis Rubbenstroth

Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut (FLI),Institute of Diagnostic Virology (IVD), Greifswald – Insel Riems, Germany

Prof. Dr. Martin Pfeffer
University, Leipzig, Vet.med. Faculty, Leipzig, Germany

Prof. Dr. Gerhard Dobler
Bundeswehr Institute of Microbiology, Munich, Germany