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Virologica Sinica, 31 (5) : 454, 2016
Import of Rift Valley fever to China: a potential new threat?
1. College of Veterinary Medicine, South China Agricultural University, Guangzhou 510642, China
2. State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, Chinese
Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Harbin 150009, China
3. Institute of Animal Husbandry and Veterinary Medicine, Hainan Academy of Agricultural Sciences,
Haikou 571100, China
4. Key Laboratory of Zoonosis Prevention and Control of Guangdong Province, Guangzhou 510642, China
5. Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Prevention and Control for Severe Clinical Animal Diseases,
Guangzhou 510642, China
 Correspondence: tj6049345@126.com;guihongzh@scau.edu.cn
China has a large population, and its climate and the wide distribution of the mosquito vectors in south China are high risk factors for RVF outbreak. More importantly, once RVFV is introduced into permissive ecologies, it can become endemic, with the potential to spread into other non-endemic regions (Murithi et al., 2011). If there is an RVF outbreak in China, the disease may spread quickly to Southeast Asia and to other countries in Asia. Combined with the import of the Zika and yellow fever viruses this year (Su et al., 2016a; Wang L. et al., 2016), importation of arboviral pathogens poses a huge challenge for China. Therefore, all necessary measures should be taken to prevent and control RVF import and spread in China in the future.
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Received: 20 Sep 2016  Accepted: 20 Sep 2016  Published online: 27 Oct 2016
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