The National Symposium on Zoonoses Research took place from 13th – 14th October 2016 in Berlin. By attracting more than 300 participants from science and the public health sector coming from various disciplines like bacteriology, virology, parasitology, epidemiology and diagnostics the symposium could continue its previous success of the past 7 years. The conference is designed as a platform for scientific input in the fields of prevention, control and therapy.
Special Highlights of this year’s event were a keynote lecture given by professor Albert Osterhaus, who showed a comprehensive overview of the development of viral infectious diseases over the past decades, such as a special session dealing with the topic big data management in zoonoses research.
CONGEN presented in the context of this conference in a poster contribution its newly developed nucleic acid-based multiplex technique for the detection and differentiation of avian influenza A virus subtypes H5, H7 and H9. These variants cause significant economic damage in the affected production plants and have a high zoonotic potential. Thus, targeted monitoring of different influenza A virus subtypes is gaining increasingly in importance.
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