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Viral Zoonoses, Emerging and Vector-Borne Infections

Team Members


A.Univ.-Prof. Dr. Norbert Nowotny (Group Leader)

Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Jolanta Kolodziejek (Senior Scientist)

Jeremy V. Camp, PhD (Scientist)

Pia Weidinger, MSc (Technical Assistant)

Dominika Kapuscinska (Project Assistant)


Scientific Research Topics

  • Viral Zoonoses
  • Emerging infections
  • Vector-borne viruses (e.g., mosquitoes, ticks, mice)




In the news...

Prof. Nowotny weighs in on the new human cases of Borna disease virus in Germany. Science Magazine and Scientific American

Prof. Nowotny was a guest on the Ö1-Radiokolleg series on "Zoonoses" 25.06.2019 und 26.06.2019

"Mosquitoes spike as UAE's desert 'greening' creates perfect conditions for bugs" - The National UAE, 19.04.2019


New Publications of the team

Full Publication List


Invited Review: The knowns and unknowns of West Nile virus in Europe: What did we learn from the 2018 outbreak? Expert Review of Anti-infective Therapy (pdf)

Emergence of West Nile virus lineage 2 in Europe: Characteristics of the first seven cases of West Nile neuroinvasive disease in horses in Austria. Transbound Emerg Dis.

West Nile and Usutu Virus Infections and Challenges to Blood Safety in the European Union. Emerging Infectious Diseases. 2019; 25(6)

Different dynamics of Usutu virus infections in Austria and Hungary, 2017-2018. Transbound Emerg Dis.

Mosquito biodiversity and mosquito-borne viruses in the United Arab Emirates. Parasit Vectors. 2019; 12(1):153 

Targeted surveillance reveals native and invasive mosquito species infected with Usutu virus. Parasit Vectors. 2019; 12(1):46 

Specific detection and differentiation of tick-borne encephalitis and West Nile virus induced IgG antibodies in humans and horses. Transbound Emerg Dis. 2019 

Increase in human West Nile and Usutu virus infections, Austria, 2018. Euro Surveill. 2018; 23(43):pii=180054. 

Uranotaenia unguiculata Edwards, 1913 are attracted to sound, feed on amphibians, and are infected with multiple viruses. Parasit Vectors. 2018; 11(1):456 

Serological surveillance for Tahyna virus (California encephalitis orthobunyavirus, Peribunyaviridae) neutralizing antibodies in wild ungulates in Austria, Hungary and Romania. Zoonoses Public Health. 2018; 65(4):459-463

Integrated analysis of human-animal-vector surveillance: West Nile virus infections in Austria, 2015-2016. Emerg Microbes Infect. 2018; 7(1):25 


Scientific Highlights


Usutu Virus:

West Nile Virus:

Influenza virus:



Equine Rhinitis Virus: