IMPORTANT NOTICE: Bus itineraries for our attendees

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please find below the timetable for the buses no4 to and from the Conference Venue.   Column “Hospital” is the departure time from the Conference Venue, while column “Central Square” is the closest bus stop (name of the bus stop is “OTE”) to the hotels at the city centre.

Ticket costs 1,20 euro if you buy it from the kiosks or the atm’s around the city,  and 1,50 euro if you buy it on the bus from the driver.

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e-posters schedule


  • Three (3) monitors placed at the Conference venue (Foyer) will be used to display the eposters.
  • Four (4) separate e-poster sessions are scheduled in our program, during which presenters have to be available for presentations and questions.
  • Five (5) minutes is the maximum time available for each presentation (discussion included). Please, advise the schedule below to find out when your poster is scheduled.

e-posters schedule

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Coffee Break & Poster Session I  Conference Venue/Foyer Tuesday, 28/08/2018 | 16:15-17:15 
  • Genetics-Disease Association                                        
  • Health and conservation of  neglected species (bats) 
  • Evidence of direct infection between species at the humanfree-ranging wildlife-livestock interface in Europe 
  • Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation
  1. Investigating the genetic diversity of lagomorph infecting treponemes and their relatedness to human pathogenic Treponema pallidum. Lena Abel
  2. New Austropotamobius torrentium haplotypes revealed after molecular identification and phylogenetic analysis in Western Macedonia, Greece. Thodoris Gousdovas
  3. Genetic variability of Rhinolophus mehelyi population at the northern margin of the species distribution range. Alexandra Corduneanu
  4. Yellow ear: etiology and incidence of pinna injuries in bats in Belgium. Paul Tavernier
  5. Bat bites are only skin deep, but dog bites go clean to the bone: implications of comparative pathogenesis in reservoir hosts for human rabies. Lineke Begeman
  6. Could the thermal camera be a useful tool to help protecting the Seychelles sheath-tailed bat (Coleura seychellensis)? A pilot study. Camillo Sandri
  7. A case of swinepox in a wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Belgium. Volpe Rosario
  8. First Report of Abortion of a Roe Deer Related to Brucella spp in Greece. Eleni Fotopoulou
  9. Mycoplasma conjunctivae occurrence in vectors and anatomic locations related to transmission and persistence. Xavier Fernández-Aguilar
  10. Pasteurellaceae occurrence in relation to bronchopneumonia in a Pyrenean chamois population. Xavier Fernández-Aguilar
  11. Epidemiological and molecular surveillance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in wild ungulates from southern Spain, 2011-2018. Ignacio García-Bocanegra
  12. Types and diversity of Persian leopards’ lesions resulting from the illegal use of snares and gin traps. Iman Memarian
  13. Severe conjunctivitis associated with Chlamydia felis infection in a free-ranging Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx). Iris Marti
  14. European College of Zoological Medicine Residency in Wildlife Population Health. Helle Bernstorf Hydeskov
  15. Fatal co-occurrence of Mycoplasma ovipneumoniae, Mycoplasma agalactiae and Pasteurellaceae in an alpine chamois. Nicoletta Formenti
  16. How specific and sensitive is the visual diagnosis of Sarcoptic mange in free-ranging Iberian ibexes? Marta Valldeperes
  17. Novel Salmonella variant associated with mortality in great spotted woodpeckers (Dendrocopos major) from Great Britain. Vicky Wilkinson
  18. Red kite (Milvus milvus) white blood cell changes during migration and winter rest in Huesca, Spain. Ursula Höfle
  19. Herpesviruses in free living owls in Slovenia. Jozko Racnik
  20. New tool for improving the post-mortem diagnosis of diseases in wild boar: the use of serum biochemistry. Bonin Léa
  21. Towards protocol building for biodiversity mapping of terrestrial gastropods. Christos Domenikiotis
  22. Nest mite communities of migratory and sedentary white storks (Ciconia ciconia) and migratory black storks (Ciconia nigra) at the end of the migratory period. Ursula Höfle
  23. Serological survey of sarcoptic mange in Mediterranean Iberian ibex (Capra pyrenaica) populations. Marta Valldeperes
  24. Trichomonas gallinae genotype B in hand-reared wild Mississippi kites (Ictinia mississippiensis). Joao Brandao
  25. Complete Blood Counts and Hematologic Values in Bobwhite Quail (Colinus virginianus). Joao Brandao
  26. Investigation of temporal shedding of bacterial fecal pathogens in captive monkeys. Amanda Salb
  27. Outbreak of Canine Distemper in Red foxes (Vulpes vulpes) in Austria. Annika Posautz
  28. Bifidobacterial occurrence in in cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) and emperor tamarin (Saguinus imperator). Camillo Sandri
  29. Canine Distemper: an actual old issue for wildlife conservation. Marco Gobbi
Coffee Break & Poster Session II Conference Venue/ Foyer Wednesday, 29/08/2018 | 17:30-19:15
  • Aquatic animals and ecosystems
  • Wildlife Health, Management and Conservatio
  1. Immunohistochemical investigation of the cross-reactivity of selected cell markers in formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded lymphoid tissues of Franciscana (Pontoporia blainvillei). José L. Catão-Dias
  2. Can Irish seals be One Health sentinels? A pilot study. Ana Vale
  3. Guiana dolphin mass-mortality linked to cetacean morbillivirus, Brazil. José L. Catão-Dias
  4. Fatal case of disseminated phaeohyphomycosis in a free-living common toad (Bufo bufo) in the United Kingdom caused by Exophiala Katharina Seilern-Moy
  5. Status of Marine Mammals’ and Reptiles Strandings in the Greek Coasts between 2014-2015. Evangelia Kofidou
  6. Causes of Stranding of Loggerhead Turtles (Caretta caretta) in Northern Greece (2010-2018): A Retrospective Study. Zacharias Vougioukalos
  7. An unusual case of peripheral neuropathy in a captive Brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
  8. Distribution of the protected sea urchin Centrostephanus longispinus (Philippi, 1845) in the Dodecanese (south Aegean Sea, eastern Mediterranean). Dimitris Vafidis
  9. Optimization of sampling techniques and molecular detection of Herpesviridae in Neotropical primates. Patricia Mendoza
  10. Seroprevalence to Brucella in wild boars of Campania region during the 2016-2017 hunting season. Luigi Esposito
  11. A Molecular Study of Seven Selected Pathogens in Cypriot Mouflons (Ovis orientalis ophion) using Archived Blood Stored on Filter Papers. Athinodoros Athinodorou
  12. Gastrointestinal parasites of ungulates in Greenland: Possible transmission between wild muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) and free-roaming domestic sheep (Ovis aries)? Rebecca P. D. Berg
  13. Aspiration of spruce twigs in wolves (Canis lupus). Karin M Olofsson
  14. Parasitic fauna of the American mink, Neovison vison, in Valencian community, Western Spain. Jose Sansano-Maestre
  15. Diagnosis improvement of oropharyngeal avian trichomonosis: application to sampling Bonelli´s eagle chickens in nests. Gómez-Muñoz, M.T.
  16. The role of the invasor California Kingsnake (Lampropeltis californiae) in the life cycle of local parasites in Gran Canaria, Spain. Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
  17. Endoparasitosis in hedgehogs from the Valencia Community (West Spain). Jose Sansano-Maestre
  18. Helminthological status of Balkan chamonis from Rhodope Mountains. Daniel Mladenov
  19. Paratuberculosis infection in wild ruminants in Bulgaria. Daniel Mladenov
  20. Clinical aspects and diagnostic investigation of a fatal outbreak in wild birds in reservoir of Karla, Thessaly, Greece. Dimitrios Chatzopoulos
  21. Toxoplasma gondii and Neospora caninum in wild boars: seroprevalence and potential biosecurity implications in areas with different levels of animal productions. Nicoletta Formenti
  22. Epidemiological investigation on erysipelas in wild boars: spread, isolation and potential impacts at the wildlife-domestic-human interface. Nicoletta Formenti
  23. Avoiding ruffled feathers – methods of reducing injuries and stress during waterfowl capture for disease sampling. Michelle O’Brien
Coffee Break & Poster Session III Conference Venue/ Foyer Thursday, 30/08/2018 | 17:00 – 18:00
  • Vector Borne Diseases
  • Wildlife tuberculosis: epidemiology and control
  • Emerging and re-emerging diseases
  1. Blood parasites in passeriform birds in Belgium. Paul Tavernier
  2. Field investigations to infer potential wildlife reservoir hosts and their contribution to the enzootic maintenance of borrelia miyamotoi, a tick-borne pathogen, in the north central USA and laboratory investigations to infer potential wildlife reservoir hosts for Borrelia miyamotoi. Seungeun Han
  3. Prevalence and distribution of vector-borne parasites in Pyrenean chamois from the eastern Spanish Pyrenees. Johan Espunyes
  4. Mortality of captive azure-winged magpie nestlings caused by Usutu virus. Denise Thaller
  5. Pathogens of zoonotic importance detected in ticks from wild mammals in North-West Italy. Francesca Rizzo
  6. Wild bird surveillance in North-West Italy: West Nile and Usutu findings from 2015 to 2018. Francesca Rizzo
  7. Thelaziosis in wolf, foxes and brown bear from Greece. Elias Papadopoulos
  8. Schmallenberg virus exposure in wild ruminants in Spain, 2010-2016. Ignacio García -Bocanegra
  9. Protocol for the rehabilitation and release of badgers (Meles meles) in England, with consideration of Bovine tuberculosis (Mycobacterium bovis infection). Elizabeth Mullineaux
  10. A severe case of red deer Tuberculosis caused by Mycobacterium microti. Walter Glawischnig
  11. Tuberculosis and wild boar: frequentist and bayesian approaches to evaluate diagnostic tests when Mycobacterium bovis is present in wild boar but at low prevalence. Céline Richomme
  12. First test of delivery of candidate baits for oral vaccination of badgers against bovine tuberculosis in France. Ariane Payne
  13. Surveillance of bovine tuberculosis in wildlife in France: methodological constraints to monitor prevalence in at-risk areas. Stéphanie Desvaux
  14. Contact networks between cattle herds: structure and contribution to bovine tuberculosis transmission. Malika Bouchez-Zacria
  15. Mycobacterium bovis transmission between cattle and free-ranging wild ungulates in Eastern Pyrenees. Bernat Pérez de Val
  16. Tuberculosis outbreak in Montseny Natural Park involving free-ranging wild boar and domestic goats. Bernat Pérez de Val
  17. Searching for lagoviruses in Flemish hares. Paul Tavernier
  18. Estimating Apicomplexan parasite exposure in Icelandic arctic foxes (Vulpes lagopus). Gábor Á. Czirják
  19. Identification in European hare of new RHDV2 recombinant virus. Antonio Lavazza
  20. Brucella melitensis shedding in Alpine ibex: age and sex heterogeneity. Sébastien Lambert
  21. TSE found in a Finnish moose Alces alces. Marja Isomursu
  22. Chronic Wasting Disease surveillance programme for Sweden 2018-2020. Erik O. Ågren
  23. A multi-disciplinary approach to investigations of supplementary salt-licks as transmission hot-spots for CWD and endoparasites in Norway. Kjersti Selstad Utaaker
  24. Not CWD: Diagnoses from cervid heads submitted for CWD surveillance in Sweden. Caroline Bröjer
  25. Monitoring of the Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease virus 2 (RHDV2) epidemics in European wild rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) in Andalusia (Spain), 2013-2017. Leonor N. Camacho Sillero
Coffee Break & Poster Session IV Conference Venue/ Foyer Friday, 31/08/2018 | 15:30 – 16:15
  • Wildlife and Public Health
  1. Tapeworms on the rise. Increasing prevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis in eastern Austria. Fabian Bagó
  2. Molecular detection of human pathogenic Leptospira in small mammals. Stefan Fischer
  3. The host age related occurrence of Alaria alata in wild canids in Latvia. Zanda Ozoliņa
  4. Malignant lymphoma in lesser hedgehog tenrec (Echinops telfairi) – Case series. Pavel Kvapil
  5. Post-mortem findings in free-ranging European brown hares (Lepus europaeus) from Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Marcus Fähndrich
  6. Preliminary study on gastrointestinal parasite community of urban brown rats (Rattus norvegicus), Vienna, Austria. Diana Gliga
  7. Being a European or not: Searching for the reservoir of zoonotic Variegated squirrel bornavirus 1. Rainer G. Ulrich
  8. High prevalence of cephalosporin resistant Enterobacteriaceae with zoonotic potential in wildlife of Catalonia. Anna Vidal
  9. Ulcerative enteritis associated with Clostridium perfringens in an American kestrel (Falco sparverius). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
  10. Cryptosporidium and Giardia duodenalis in wild ungulates: zoonotic risk from the Alps? Tiziana Trogu
  11. Free-ranging red deer contribution to environmental contamination of Shiga toxin-procuding Escherichia Coli in Italian Alps. Tiziana Trogu
  12. Zoonotic Campylobacter species in sympatric wild and domestic herbivores from alpine ecosystems in the Pyrenees. Johan Espunyes
  13. Antimicrobial resistance of enteric bacteria in Eastern chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) and Olive baboon (Papio anubis) from Budongo Forest, Uganda. Johan Espunyes
  14. Epidemiology of zoonotic Campylobacter at Gough Island (South Atlantic): the role of brown skuas (Catharacta antarctica). Marta Cerdà-Cuéllar
  15. Seasonal influence in parasite communities of feral cats Felis catus, in Gran Canary Island (Spain). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
  16. A survey on Campylobacter spp, Salmonella spp, and Yersinia spp in faecal samples of hunted wild boars (Sus scrofa) in Aosta Valley Region (North Western Italy). Riccardo Orusa
  17. Aural haematoma in a wolf (Canis lupus). Jose Raduan Jaber Mohamad
  18. Salmonella and Campylobacter spp. in the livestock-wildlife interface in rural Uganda. Marta Cerdà-Cuéllar
  19. Serological and molecular investigation of selected bacterial and parasitic pathogens in European brown hare (Lepus europaeus); Inferring the Ecological Niche of Toxoplasma gondiiand Leishmania infantum in hares. Constantina N. Tsokana

Friday, August 31

08:30 – 10:00 Registration (Registration Desk, Foyer)
MORNING SESSION I: Wildlife and Public Health | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs:   Thijs Kuiken and  Riccardo Orusa
08:45 – 09:30

Keynote: Current epidemiological data for Rabies in Greece. Steps to eradicate the disease.

Laskarina-Maria Korou

09:30 – 09:45 “Working in Silo” & “Path Dependence”: Relevance for a global Management of Wildlife and Health. Marc Artois
09:45 – 10:00 Antimicrobial resistance in wildlife species: the potential for sentinel surveillance in a ONE HEALTH perspective. Carlos G. das Neves
10:00 – 10:15 New tools to face old problems: Whole genome sequencing for a better insight into an outbreak of Salmonella serovar Choleraesuis var. Kunzedorf. Carlo Vittorio Citterio
10:15 – 10:30 Invasive species as a risk for public health: raccoon dogs and raccoons in the Netherlands. Miriam Maas
10:30 – 10:45 Non-invasive blood sampling methods in zoo animals with use of medicine leeches (Hirudo Medicinalis). Pavel Kvapil
10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break (Foyer)
MORNING SESSION II: Wildlife and Public Health | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Marc Artois and James Paul Duff
11:15 – 11:30 Pathogen screening of Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus). Rainer G. Ulrich
11:30 – 11:45 Chlamydiaceae in wild, feral and domesticated pigeons in Switzerland. Prisca Mattmann
11:45 – 12:00 Measuring the distribution of tick-borne encephalitis virus circulation in low endemic areas using serological screening of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus). Jolianne M. Rijks
12:00 – 12:15 Jackals’ rabies outbreak, Israel 2017-18: Has the ORV failed? Roni King
12:15 12:30 Oral Vaccination of Wildlife against Rabies in Europe; Past, present and future. Ferenc Kovacs
12:30 – 13:45 Lunch(Venue Restaurant)
AFTERNOON SESSION I: Wildlife Health, Management and Conservation | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Jolianne M. Rijks and Ursula Höfle
14:00 – 14:15 Invasive turtles as a threat for environment and source and vector of animal and human pathogens. Dariusz Wasyl
14:15 – 14:30 Comparison of three methods to characterize bushpig visits into crop fields in an African swine fever endemic area of Uganda. Ariane Payne
14:30 – 14:45 Radiographic Evaluation of Thoracic Girdle Fractures in Wild Passerine Cadavers after Presumptive Window Collisions. João Brandão
14:45 – 15:00 Pregnancy diagnosis of Muskoxen (Ovibos moschatus) in high arctic conditions. Eva Greunz
15:00 – 15:15 Defining animal welfare standards for hunting based on body mass and flight distance. Bjørnar Ytrehus
15:15 – 15:30 Unraveling the potential causes of secondary hyperparathyroidism in free-living nestling white storks (Ciconia ciconia) from Central Spain. Ursula Höfle
15:30 – 16:15 Coffee break and poster session(Foyer)See more…
AFTERNOON SESSION II: Evidence of direct infection between species at the human-free-ranging wildlife-livestock interface in Europe | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Richard Kock and Sophie Rossi
16:15 – 16:30 Cattle Egret as a potential reservoir of avian pathogens in South-West France. Guillaume Le Loc’h
16:30 – 16:45 Comparison of Rev.1 live vaccine innocuousness between Alpine ibex (Capra ibex) and domestic goats (Capra hircus): an unexpected strong species effect. Sophie Rossi
16:45 – 17:00 Few wild birds – many domestic outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 during the 2016-2017 epizootic: the French paradox. Anne Van de Wiele
17:00 – 17:15 Virulence and excretion dynamics of H5 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of the Goose/Guangdong lineage in experimentally infected wild ducks. Thijs Kuiken
17:15 – 17:30 Closing address (Hippocrates Auditorium)
19:00 Travel to Volos (Meeting point: Larissa Central Square, Kyprou & Filellinon str.)
20:00 Conference Banquet (“Rivaz”, Volos)


Thursday, August 30

08:00 – 13:00 Registration – submission of auction objects (Registration Desk, Foyer)
MORNING SESSION I: Vector Borne Diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Nikos Papadopoulos and  Károly Erdélyi
08:30 – 09:15     Keynote: Wildlife and Vector-borne diseases in Europe. Herve Zeller
09:15 – 09:30 National-wide survey for vector-borne pathogens in wild and domestic canines and associated ticks and fleas in Chile. Javier Millán
09:30 – 09:45 A survey of tick-borne pathogens in ixodid ticks and their wild boar hosts in the Barcelona metropolitan area. Raquel Castillo-Contreras
09:45 – 10:00 Landscape and invasive species effects on infection dynamics of Bartonella in indigenous rodents from southern Africa. Luiza Hatyoka
10:00 – 10:15 Understanding wildlife disease requires good host data: wild boar and ASF risk. Graham Smith
10:15 – 10:45 Coffee break (Foyer)
MORNING SESSION II:  Vector Borne Diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Nikos Papadopoulos and  Károly Erdélyi
10:45 – 11:00 Pathogenic potential of Bagaza virus in tree Phasianid species: red-legged partridge, grey partridge and common pheasant. Elisa Pérez-Ramírez
11:00 – 11:15 Past and current features of Usutu virus circulation in Hungary and Austria. Károly Erdélyi
11:15 – 11:30 Seasonal longevity of the West Nile virus vector mosquito Culex pipiens. Nikos Papadopoulos
11:30 – 11:45 Magpies and West Nile Virus: Reservoir or Sentinel? Ursula Höfle
11:45 – 12:00 First report of massive deaths in wild birds with neurological signs due to West Nile Virus infection during an epizootic outbreak in Peloponnesus, Greece, 2017. George Valiakos
MORNING SESSION III: Wildlife tuberculosis: epidemiology and control | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs:  Christian  Gortázar  Schmidt and Richard Delahay
12:00 – 12:15 Combining long-term testing and ecological data to improve the accuracy of disease diagnosis: An example from a long-term study of tuberculosis in wild badgers in the UK. Julian Drewe
12:15 – 12:30 Temporal and spatial distribution of antibodies against Mycobacterium bovis in wild boar (Sus scrofa) in the Basque Country (Northern Spain). Lucía Varela Castro
12:30 – 12:45 Assessment of BCG and inactivated Mycobacterium bovis vaccines in an experimental tuberculosis infection model in European badger (Meles meles). Ana Balseiro
12:45 – 13:00 TB maintenance community: investigation on the role of red foxes. Céline Richomme
13:00 – 13:15 The big bad wolf helping Spanish farmers – a tale on predation and tuberculosis. Christian Gortazar
13:15 – 14:45 Lunch (Venue Restaurant)
AFTERNOON SESSION I: Wildlife tuberculosis: epidemiology and control | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs:  Christian  Gortázar  Schmidt and Richard Delahay
14:45 – 15:00 Host heterogeneity and TB dynamics in badgers. Richard (Dez) Delahay
15:00 – 15:15 A compartmental dynamic model for Mycobacterium bovis transmission between badger and cattle in south-western France. Malika Bouchez-Zacria
15:15 – 15:30 Surveillance of wildlife tuberculosis in Catalonia (Spain), a low prevalent area of bovine tuberculosis, 2012-2018. Bernat Pérez de Val
15:30 – 15:45 Quantitative characterization of the community of tuberculosis-infected hosts in the Iberian Peninsula. Nuno Santos
15:45 – 16:00 Progress towards the development of an oral vaccine against TB in badgers. Sandrine Lesellier
AFTERNOON SESSION II: Emerging and re-emerging diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Morten Tryland and  Efthimia Petinaki
16:00 – 16:15 Mongolian khulan (Equus hemionus hemionus) are exposed to multiple influenza A strains. Sanatana Eirini Soilemetzidou
16:15 – 16:30 Bufonid Herpesvirus 1 – Associated proliferative dermatitis in free-ranging common toads (Bufo bufo). Francesco C. Origgi
16:30 – 16:45 Serological survey of hepatitis E virus in hunted wild boar (Sus scrofa) in Gipuzkoa (Northern Spain). Miriam Martinez de Egidua
16:45 – 17:00 Lagovirus europaeus GI.2 (Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus 2) in an isolated population of mountain hares (Lepus timidus) expands the host range of GI.2. Aleksija Neimanis
17:00– 18:00 Coffee break and poster session (Foyer)See more…
AFTERNOON SESSION III: Emerging and re-emerging diseases | Hippocrates Auditorium
Chairs: Morten Tryland and  Efthimia Petinaki
18:00 -18:15 The occurrence of the moose nasal bot fly (Cephenemyia ulrichii) in Norway—an emerging disease? Andrea L Miller
18:15 – 18:30 Serological screening for viral pathogens among semi-domesticated Eurasian tundra reindeer (Rangifer tarandus tarandus) from eight reindeer herding districts in Norway. Morten Tryland
18:30 – 18:45 Peste des petits ruminants (PPR) as a great threat to wild ungulates in the Asian Continent. Sasan Fereidouni
18:45 – 19:00 Chronic Wasting Disease in Norway: an update on surveillance, research and disease development. Jørn Våge
19:00 – 19:15 The background for the management of CWD in Norway – scientific reasoning with high degree of uncertainty. Bjørnar Ytrehus
16:00-19:00 Silent Auction (Conference Room, Faculty of Medicine Building-2nd Floor)
19:30 Auction (Foyer)