A deadly virus can affect Swedish colonies


Photo: Anders Lindström / SVA

A housewife can spread the virus.

Photo: Hasse Holmberg / TT

The virus affects mainly birds, but it can also infect people. Stock Photography.

Photo: Hasse Holmberg / TT

The Swedish columns have so far saved the virus in the wild. Stock Photography.

A virus that has reached several columns in Europe has now reached Denmark. So far, no cases have been reported in Sweden, but the virus can also affect the Swedish population, it is not unimaginable.

The virus was discovered in Europe at the turn of the millennium, and since then it has spread to the north. About 25,000 people have died in Germany this year, according to Danish news agency Ritzau.

The virus can reach Sweden is not unlikely, but so far no case has been discovered.

"We have not been so careful. It's difficult if you have no indicators, but if you find dead stars, you can analyze them," says Anders Lindström, an insect researcher at the Swedish Veterinary Agency (SVA).

Pleasant weather

It is believed that the viral route in northern Europe was used for hot weather.

"By the summer that went, I think it could appear anywhere in Sweden if the conditions are true, but you can usually conclude southern Sweden as the first stop," says Anders Lindström.

A bird virus that is transmitted to birds by mosquitoes and, above all, by householders, can also kill people. Most often, you do not get any problems, and some can really get sick.

"Most do not get any major problems, but some may get pretty bad, it seems like yes. You can get some sort of encephalitis, meningitis," says Anders Lindström.

No need to worry

According to Lindström, it is not easy to get rid of this virus because it is difficult to control birds and mosquitoes.

"You must have a general awareness of this and protect yourself from mosquitoes or mosquitoes," he says, but he thinks there is no reason for concern.

"Car's stars may be worried. There are no major health problems in Europe, but it can affect the bird population," says Anders Lindström.


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