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Pathogen behaviour and epidemiology of Leptospira (RoboPub 2)


Funding programme / funding institution: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung

Grant number: 01Kl1721B, GF

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Project description:

In this project, studies for a better understanding of leptospiral infections with regard to the interaction of pathogen, rodent, environmental and diagnostic-related aspects are to be carried out and implemented in measures of the public health service (ÖGD). In this context, four main areas of work (AS) are planned, which are divided into studies on the prevalence and spatial distribution of Leptospira kirschneri in rodent populations (AS1), studies to identify genetic virulence-associated factors (AS2) and seroprevalence studies in different risk groups (AS3) . The aim is to bring the generated data together in a final step in order to develop management strategies and health recommendations that enable a reduction in the exposure risk for humans and a resulting improvement in public health (AS6). The knowledge gained in the AS will be implemented jointly by all partners in measures in the field of public health. The results of the studies from AS1 and AS2 should serve as the basis for the creation of local risk maps, the results from AS3 should be used for the development of early warning modules and recommendations in the field of public health and their communication. The publication of the results is achieved through the preparation of regular reports, publications in peer-reviewed journals and popular science journals. Results will also be made available to key stakeholders through the development of public health recommendations brochures and online publications through the partners' websites and the rodent-borne pathogens network.

Projekt partners

  • Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Institut für neue und neuartige Tierseuchenerreger (Projektleitung)
  • Niedersächisches Landesamt für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit
  • Julius Kühn-Institut, Bundesforschungsinstitut für Kulturpflanzen
  • Niedersächsisches Landesgesundheitsamt
  • Universität Leipzig




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