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Human Arthropod-Borne Viral Infections

Call for Papers

Arthropod-borne viruses (arboviruses) belong to different families and genera of viruses and spread by mosquitoes, sandflies, biting midges, and ticks. Ecological and environmental changes result, in recent times, in the emergence and reemergence of some diseases, as an effect of global warming and the introduction and establishment of infections in some countries by returning tourists and immigrants. As a consequence, the incidence of arboviral infections has been on the rise worldwide and, though more frequent in the tropical developing countries, has become of public health importance also in Europe, requiring the need to ensure their timely recognition and treatment.

Original research articles and reviews focusing on epidemiological, and diagnostic aspects of arboviral infections in humans are welcomed. We take a particular interest in manuscripts that report the relevance of application of innovative strategies and methods for the control and surveillance of infections, detection and diagnostic assays, and molecular tools for tracing the evolution of circulating virus strains. Furthermore, distribution of vectors and reservoirs and new strategies for vaccine development and treatment options are also relevant topics welcomed in this special issue. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Biology, virulence, and pathogenesis of arboviral infections
  • Epidemiology and ecology
  • Clinical aspects
  • Evolution and phylogeny
  • Arbovirus infections of other mammals
  • Diagnostic tools
  • Strategies for vaccination and treatment

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal's Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/virology/abv/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 10 May 2013
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 2 August 2013
Publication DateFriday, 27 September 2013

Lead Guest Editor

  • Aldo Manzin, Clinical Microbiology and Virology Unit, Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Cagliari, Policlinico Monserrato, Cagliari, Italy

Guest Editors

  • Byron E. Martina, Department of Virology, Erasmus Medical Center, 3000 CA Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Ernest M. Gould, Unité des Virus Emergents, Faculté de Médecine Timone, 27 boulevard Jean Moulin, Marseille Cedex 05, France
  • Patrizia Bagnarelli, Virology Unit, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Public Health, Università Politecnica delle Marche, Via Tronto 10/a, 60020 Torrette di Ancona, Italy
  • Vittorio Sambri, Unit of Microbiology, Department of Specialised, Experimental and Diagnostic Medicine, Regional Reference Center for Microbiological Emergencies (CRREM), St. Orsola University Hospital, University of Bologna (Alma Mater Studiorum), Building 11, 1st floor 9, Via Massarenti, 40138 Bologna, Italy