Poisoning after Botox stomach treatment in Istanbul
Since the end of February 2023, 14 clinical botulism cases have been reported in Europe that appear to have been caused by medical exposure resulting from injection of botulism neurotoxin into the…
Ticks are already active
Domestic ticks could benefit from climate change, as warmth and high humidity make ticks active. This extends the period in which they can transmit pathogens such as the TBE virus.
Rough-fruit amaranth: a "superweed
In its native country, the USA, rough-fruit amaranth is considered a "superweed". The species has not yet appeared in Austria, but climate change could cause it to appear here as well.
Green peach aphid: vector of viruses to fruits and vegetables
The green peach aphid plays a major role as a vector of viruses in plums and sugar beets. The milder the winters, the more adult aphids survive.
Ticks: Important vectors of Q fever
Q fever is a zoonosis that occurs mainly in warm, dry and tick-rich regions of Europe. Alluvial ticks are an important vector. Their range has expanded strongly to the north as a result of climate…
Green rice bug: report your findings
Due to climate change, the green rice bug is increasingly occurring in Austria and causing damage in agriculture. Farmers and private individuals can now report findings via an online reporting…
Control of carnival costumes for children
To ensure children's safety and to identify and mitigate risks, we regularly inspect carnival costumes for strangulation and choking hazards, ingredients, flammability and labeling deficiencies.
Biodiversity as a barrier against antibiotic resistance
The ANTIVERSA research project is testing whether a "healthy" natural environment with a high diversity of different bacterial and fungal species curbs the spread of antibiotic resistance. Initial…
February 10: Legume Day
Climate change is favoring the cultivation of various legumes in Austria as well. In agriculture, they act as a natural fertilizer and contribute to biodiversity; in nutrition, they provide…