Project: Ducks and disease: waterfowl migration and transmission of avian influenza virus
In recent years, an increasing number of outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus have been recorded in Europe. It is believed that migrating waterfowl, especially dabbling ducks, contribute to the incursions of these viruses to Europe. Outbreaks cause high economic losses in the poultry sector and pose a risk of zoonotic infection in people, as well as causing mortality in wild bird populations. In this project we combine movement ecology and virus epidemiology to elucidate the role wild waterfowl have on influenza virus transmission on local, regional and intra-continental scales.