Monday , May 10 2021

A deadly virus can affect Swedish colonies

Photo: Anders Lindstrom / SVA

A housewife can spread the virus.

Photo: Hasse Holmberg / TT

The virus mostly affects birds, but it can also infect humans. Stock Photos.

Photo: Hasse Holmberg / TT

Swedish pillars have been spared by the virus so far. Stock Photos.

A dying virus, which hit several columns in Europe, has now reached Denmark. For now, there are no case reports in Sweden, but the virus can also affect the Swedish population is not unthinkable.

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

The virus can come to Sweden is not unlikely, but so far no cases have been revealed.

"We did not look so carefully, it's hard if you do not have indications, but if you find dead stars, you can analyze them," says Anders Lindstrom, an insect researcher in the Swedish Veterinary Medicine Agency (SVA).

Favorable weather

It is believed that the pathway of viruses across northern Europe was using warm weather.

"With the summer that went, I guess it could appear anywhere in Sweden, if the conditions are right, but you can usually assume southern Sweden as the first stop," says Anders Lindstrom.

The bird virus, which is transmitted to birds by mosquitoes and, above all, housewives, can also kill people. Most often you do not have any problems, but some may become really ill.

"Most do not get any major problems, but some can get pretty bad, it seems. You can get some type of encephalitis, meningitis," says Anders Lindstrom.

There's no need to worry

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

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

"Carbon stars can be worried. There is no big health problem in Europe, but it can hit the bird population," says Anders Lindstrom.

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