prof. RNDr. Zdeněk Hubálek, DrSc.

Position: full-time researcher
Research topics: eco-epidemiology of microbial pathogens
Department: External research facility Valtice
Phone: +420 519 352 961

Reserach interests

  • ecology of zoonotic pathogens and their vertebrate hosts.

Finished Projects

(Re)emerging mosquito-borne virus diseases

EDENext: Biology and Control of Vector-borne Infections in Europe (2011-2015)

Emerging diseases in a changing European environment

EuroWestNile (European West Nile Collaborative Project) (2011-2014)

Intengrated consortium on ticks and tick-borne diseases

VBORNET (European Network for Arthropod Vector Surveillance for Human Public Health) (2010-2014)

VectorNet: A European network for sharing data on the geographic distribution of arthropod vectors, transmitting human and animal disease agents (2014-2017)



Blažejová H., Šebesta O., Rettich F., Mendel J., Čabanová V., Miterpáková M., Betášová L., Peško J., Hubálek Z., Kampen H., Rudolf I.: Cryptic species Anopheles daciae (Diptera: Culicidae) found in the Czech Republic and Slovakia, Parasitology Research 117 (2018) 315-321.


Hubálek Z., Rudolf I.: Francisella tularensis prevalence and load in Dermacentor reticulatus ticks in an endemic area in Central Europe, Medical and Veterinary Entomology 31 (2017) 234-239.

Hubálek Z., Juřicová Z., Straková P., Blažejová H., Betášová L., Rudolf I.: Serological survey for West Nile virus in wild artiodactyls, Southern Moravia (Czech Republic), Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 17 (2017) 654-657.

Joó K., Bakonyi T., Szenci O., Ferenczi E., Barna M., Malik P., Hubálek Z., Fehér O., Kutasi O.: Comparison of assays for the detection of West Nile virus antibodies in equine serum after natural infection or vaccination, Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology 183 (2017) 1-6.

Kuno G., Mackenzie J. S., Junglen S., Hubálek Z., Plyusnin A., Gubler D. J.: Vertebrate reservoirs of arboviruses: myth, synonym of amplifier, or reality?, Viruses 9 (2017) .

Rudolf I., Betášová L., Blažejová H., Venclíková K., Straková P., Šebesta O., Mendel J., Bakonyi T., Schaffner F., Nowotny N., Hubálek Z.: West Nile virus in overwintering mosquitoes, central Europe, Parasites & Vectors 10 (2017) .


Bakonyi T., Gaydon G. K., Schwing R., Vogl W., Häbich A.-C., Thaller D., Weissenböck H., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z., Nowotny N.: Chronic West Nile virus infection in kea (Nestor notabilis), Veterinary Microbiology 183 (2016) 135-139.

Duscher G. G., Hodžić A., Weiler M., Vaux A. G. C., Rudolf I., Sixl W., Medlock J. M., Versteirt V., Hubálek Z.: First report of Rickettsia raoultii in field collected Dermacentor reticulatus ticks from Austria, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7 (2016) 720-722.

Hamšíková Z., Silaghi C., Rudolf I., Venclíková K., Mahríková L., Slovák M., Mendel J., Blažejová H., Berthová L., Kocianová E., Hubálek Z., Schnittger L., Kazimírová M.: Molecular detection and phylogenetic analysis of Hepatozoon spp. in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks and rodents from Slovakia and Czech Republic, Parasitology Research 115 (2016) 3897-3904.

Hubálek Z.: The North Atlantic Oscillation system and plant phenology, International Journal of Biometeorology 60 (2016) 749-756.

Mertens M., Schuster I., Sas M. A., Vatansever Z., Hubálek Z., Güven E., Deniz A., Georgiev G., Peshev R., Groschup M. H.: Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus in Bulgaria and Turkey, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 16 (2016) 619-623.

Rudolf I., Betášová L., Bischof V., Venclíková K., Blažejová H., Mendel J., Hubálek Z., Kosoy M.: Molecular survey of arthropod-borne pathogens in sheep keds (Melophagus ovinus), Central Europe, Parasitology Research 115 (2016) 3679-3682.

Rudolf I., Venclíková K., Blažejová H., Betášová L., Mendel J., Hubálek Z., Parola P.: First report of Rickettsia raoultii and Rickettsia helvetica in Dermacentor reticulatus ticks from the Czech Republic, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7 (2016) 1222-1224.

Venclíková K., Mendel J., Betášová L., Blažejová H., Jedličková P., Straková P., Hubálek Z., Rudolf I.: Neglected tick-borne pathogens in the Czech Republic, 2011–2014, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 7 (2016) 107-112.


Kolodziejek J., Seidel B., Jungbauer C., Dimmel K., Kolodziejek M., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z., Allerberger F., Nowotny N.: West Nile Virus positive blood donation and subsequent entomological investigation, Austria, 2014, PLoS ONE 10 (2015) .

Kříž B., Hubálek Z., Malý M., Daniel M., Straková P., Betášová L.: Results of the screening of Tick-Borne Encephalitis virus antibodies in human sera from eight districts collected two decades apart, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 15 (2015) 489-493.

Rudolf I., Šebesta O., Straková P., Betášová L., Blažejová H., Venclíková K., Seidel B., Tóth S., Hubálek Z., Schaffner F.: Overwintering of Uranotaenia unguiculata adult females in central Europe: a possible way of persistence of the putative new lineage of West Nile virus?, Journal of the American Mosquito Control Association 31 (2015) 364-365.

Rudolf I., Bakonyi T., Šebesta O., Mendel J., Peško J., Betášová L., Blažejová H., Venclíková K., Straková P., Nowotny N., Hubálek Z.: Co-circulation of Usutu virus and West Nile virus in a reed bed ecosystem, Parasites & Vectors 8 (2015) 520.

Straková P., Šikutová S., Jedličková P., Sitko J., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z.: The common coot as sentinel species for the presence of West Nile and Usutu flaviviruses in Central Europe, Research in Veterinary Science 102 (2015) 159-161.

Vayssier-Taussat M., Kazimírová M., Hubálek Z., Hornok S., Farkas R., Cosson J.-F., Bonnet S., Vourch G., Gasqui P., Mihalca A. D., Plantard O., Silaghi C., Cutler S., Rizzoli A.: Emerging horizons for tick-borne pathogens: from the "one pathogen-one disease" vision to the pathobiome paradigm, Future Microbiology 10 (2015) 2033-2043.

Venclíková K., Mendel J., Betášová L., Hubálek Z., Rudolf I.: First evidence of Babesia venatorum and Babesia capreoli in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in the Czech Republic, Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine 22 (2015) 212-214.

Vrbovská V., Chalupa P., Straková P., Hubálek Z., Rudolf I.: Onemocnění člověka způsobená hantaviry – stále opomíjené zoonózy?, Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie (2015) 188-196.


Braks M., Medlock J. M., Hubálek Z., Hjertqvist M., Perrin Y., Lancelot R., Duchyene E., Hendrickx G., Stroo A., Heyman P., Sprong H.: Vector-borne disease intelligence: strategies to deal with disease burden and threats, Frontiers in Public Health 2 (2014) 280.

Hubálek Z., Rudolf I., Čapek M., Bakonyi T., Betášová L., Nowotny N.: Usutu Virus in Blackbirds (Turdus merula), Czech Republic, 2011-2012, Transboundary and Emerging Diseases 61 (2014) 273-276.

Hubálek Z., Rudolf I., Nowotny N.: Arboviruses pathogenic for domestic and wild animals, Advances in Virus Research 89 (2014) 201-275.

Hubálek Z., Šebesta O., Peško J., Betášová L., Blažejová H., Venclíková K., Rudolf I.: Isolation of Tahyna virus (California Encephalitis Group) from Anopheles hyrcanus (Diptera, Culicidae), a mosquito species new to, and expanding in, Central Europe, Journal of Medical Entomology 51 (2014) 1264-1267.

Pachler K., Lebl K., Berer D., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z., Nowotny N.: Putative New West Nile virus lineage in Uranotaenia unguiculata mosquitoes, Austria, 2013, Emerging Infectious Diseases 20 (2014) 2119-2122.

Rizzoli A., Silaghi C., Obiegala A., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z., Földvári G., Plantard O., Vayssier-Taussat M., Bonnet S., Špitalská E., Kazimírová M.: Ixodes ricinus and its transmitted pathogens in urban and peri-urban areas in Europe: new hazards and relevance for public health, Frontiers in Public Health 2 (2014) .

Rudolf I., Bakonyi T., Šebesta O., Mendel J., Peško J., Betášová L., Blažejová H., Venclíková K., Straková P., Nowotny N., Hubálek Z.: West Nile virus lineage 2 isolated from Culex modestus mosquitoes in the Czech Republic, 2013: expansion of the European WNV endemic area to the North?, Eurosurveillance 19 (2014) .

Rudolf I., Šebesta O., Mendel J., Betášová L., Bocková E., Jedličková P., Venclíková K., Blažejová H., Šikutová S., Hubálek Z.: Zoonotic Dirofilaria repens (Nematoda: Filarioidea) in Aedes vexans mosquitoes, Czech Republic, Parasitology Research 113 (2014) 4663-4667.

Straková P., Rudolf I., Pavlis O., Hubálek Z.: The use of immunoenzymatic method for detection of antibodies against zoonotic diseases in Czech soldiers returning from Afghanistan, Military Medical Science Letters 83 (2014) 67-72.

Straková P., Kříž B., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z.: Seroprevalence study of hepatitis E virus infection in two districts of the Czech Republic, Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie (2014) 92-94.

Venclíková K., Rudolf I., Mendel J., Betášová L., Hubálek Z.: Rickettsiae in questing Ixodes ricinus ticks in the Czech Republic, Ticks and Tick-borne Diseases 5 (2014) 135-138.

Venclíková K., Betášová L., Šikutová S., Jedličková P., Hubálek Z., Rudolf I.: Human pathogenic borreliae in Ixodes ricinus ticks in natural and urban ecosystem (Czech Republic), Acta Parasitologica 59 (2014) 717-720.


Bakonyi T., Kolodziejek J., Rudolf I., Berčič R., Nowotny N., Hubálek Z.: Partial genetic characterization of Sedlec virus (Orthobunyavirus, Bunyaviridae), Infection, Genetics and Evolution (2013) 244-249.

Bocková E., Rudolf I., Kočišová A., Betášová L., Venclíková K., Mendel J., Hubálek Z.: Dirofilaria repens microfilariae in Aedes vexans mosquitoes in Slovakia, Parasitology Research 112 (2013) 3465-3470.

Hubálek Z., Ludvíková E., Jahn P., Treml F., Rudolf I., Svobodová P., Šikutová S., Betášová L., Bíreš J., Mojžíš M., Tinák M., Boldižár M., Citsoňová G., Staššíková Z.: West Nile virus equine serosurvey in the Czech and Slovak Republics, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 13 (2013) 733-738.

Rushton J. O., Lecollinet S., Hubálek Z., Svobodová P., Lussy H., Nowotny N.: Tick-borne encephalitis virus in horses, Austria, 2011, Emerging Infectious Diseases 19 (2013) 635-637.

Sedláček I., Holochová P., Mašlaňová I., Kosina M., Spröer C., Bryndová H., Vandamme P., Rudolf I., Hubálek Z., Švec P.: Enterococcus ureilyticus sp. nov. and Enterococcus rotai sp. nov., two urease-producing enterococci from the environment, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 63 (2013) 502-510.


Aliota M. T., Jones S. A., Dupuis A. P., Ciota A. T., Hubálek Z., Kramer L. D.: Characterization of Rabensburg virus, a flavivirus closely related to West Nile virus of the Japanese encephalitis antigenic group, PLoS ONE 7 (2012) .

Hubálek Z., Rudolf I.: Tick-borne viruses in Europe, Parasitology Research 111 (2012) 9-36.

Konvalinová J., Rudolf I., Šikutová S., Hubálek Z., Svobodová V., Svoboda M.: Contribution to canine babesiosis in the Czech Republic, Acta veterinaria Brno 81 (2012) 91-95.

Richter D., Debski A., Hubálek Z., Matuschka F.-R.: Absence of Lyme disease spirochetes in larval ixodes ricinus ticks, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 12 (2012) 21-27.

Šebesta O., Rudolf I., Betášová L., Peško J., Hubálek Z.: An invasive mosquito species Aedes albopictus found in the Czech Republic, 2012, Eurosurveillance 17 (2012) 20301.


Hubálek Z., Kříž B., Halouzka J.: Serologic survey of humans for Flavivirus West Nile in southern Moravia (Czech Republic), Central European Journal of Public Health 19 (2011) 131-133.

Jourdain E., Olsen B., Lundkvist A., Hubálek Z., Šikutová S., Waldenström J., Karlsson M., Wahlström M., Jozan M., Falk K. I.: Surveillance for West Nile Virus in Wild Birds from Northern Europe, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 11 (2011) 77-79.

Široký P., Kubelová M., Bednář M., Modrý D., Hubálek Z., Tkadlec E.: The distribution and spreading pattern of Dermacentor reticulatus over its threshold area in the Czech Republic—How much is range of this vector expanding?, Veterinary Parasitology 183 (2011) 130-135.


Calistri P., Giovannini A., Hubálek Z., Ionescu A., Monaco F., Savini G., Lelli R.: Epidemiology of West Nile in Europe and in the Mediterranean Basin, Open Virology journal 4 (2010) 29-37.

Hubálek Z.: Zdravotní význam komárů, Dezinfekce, dezinsekce, deratizace (2010) 66-69.

Hubálek Z., Rudolf I., Bakonyi T., Kazdová K., Halouzka J., Šebesta O., Šikutová S., Juřicová Z., Nowotny N.: Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) surveillance for arboviruses in an area endemic for West Nile (Lineage Rabensburg) and Ťahyňa viruses in central Europe, Journal of Medical Entomology 47 (2010) 466-472.

Kazdová K., Hubálek Z.: Vyšetření komárů na přítomnost arbovirů na jižní Moravě v letech 2006-2008, Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie (2010) 107-111.

Martínková N., Bačkor P., Bartonička T., Blažková P., Červený J., Falteisek L., Gaisler J., Hanzal V., Horáček D., Hubálek Z., Jahelková H., Kolařík M., Korytár Ľ., Kubátová A., Lehotská B., Lehotský R., Lučan R. K., Májek O., Matějů J., Řehák Z., Šafář J., Tájek P., Tkadlec E., Uhrin M., Wagner J., Weinfurtová D., Zima J., Zukal J., Horáček I.: Increasing incidence of Geomyces destructans fungus in bats from the Czech Republic and Slovakia, PLoS ONE 5 (2010) .

Nováková D., Pantůček R., Hubálek Z., Falsen E., Busse H.-J., Schumann P., Sedláček I.: Staphylococcus microti sp. nov., isolated from the common vole (Microtus arvalis), International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 60 (2010) 566-573.

Randolph S. E., Anda P., Avsic-Zupanc T., Bormane A., Egyed L., Ferenczi E., García-Pérez A. L., Gern L., Hubálek Z., Kazimírová M., Kondrusik M., Pfister K., Rizzoli A., Vasilenko V., Vladimirescu A., Žygutiene M.: Human activities predominate in determining changing incidence of tick-borne encephalitis in Europe, Eurosurveillance 15 (2010) 24-31.

Rudolf I., Šikutová S., Kopecký J., Hubálek Z.: Salivary gland extract from engorged Ixodes ricinus (Acari: Ixodidae) stimulates in vitro growth of Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, Journal of Basic Microbiology 50 (2010) 294-298.

Šebesta O., Halouzka J., Hubálek Z., Juřicová Z., Rudolf I., Šikutová S., Svobodová P., Reiter P.: Mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) fauna in an area endemic for West Nile virus, Journal of Vector Ecology 35 (2010) 156-162.

Weissenböck H., Hubálek Z., Bakonyi T., Nowotny N.: Zoonotic mosquito-borne flaviviruses: worldwide presence of agents with proven pathogenicity and potential candidates of future emerging diseases, Veterinary Microbiology 140 (2010) 271-280.


Hubálek Z.: Biogeography of tick-borne Bhanja virus (Bunyaviridae) in Europe, Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Infectious Diseases 2009 (2009) 1-11.

Jarošová V., Rudolf I., Halouzka J., Hubálek Z.: Borrelia burgdorferi s.l. v klíšťatech na ostravských haldách, Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie (2009) 90-97.

Juřicová Z., Hubálek Z., Halouzka J., Šikutová S.: Serological examination of songbirds (Passeriformes) for mosquito-borne viruses Sindbis, Ťahyňa, and Batai in a South Moravian Wetland (Czech Republic), Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 9 (2009) 295-299.

Juřicová Z., Hubálek Z.: Serologic survey of the wild boar (Sus scrofa) for Borrelia burgdorferi sensu lato, Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 9 (2009) 479-482.

Rudolf I., Mendel J., Šikutová S., Švec P., Masaříková J., Nováková D., Buňková L., Sedláček I., Hubálek Z.: 16S rRNA gene-based identification of cultured bacterial flora from host-seeking Ixodes ricinus, Dermacentor reticulatus and Haemaphysalis concinna ticks, vectors of vertebrate pathogens, Folia Microbiologica 54 (2009) 419-428.

Svobodová P., Pejčoch M., Heroldová M., Pavlíček T., Nevo E., Šumbera R., Hubálek Z.: Examination of rodents (Rodentia) for emmonsiosis in the Czech Republic, Israel and Africa, Czech Mycology 61 (2009) 99-106.

Šebesta O., Rettich F., Minář J., Halouzka J., Hubálek Z., Juřicová Z., Rudolf I., Šikutová S., Gelbič I., Reiter P.: Presence of the mosquito Anopheles hyrcanus in South Moravia, Czech Republic, Medical and Veterinary Entomology 23 (2009) 284-286.

Šikutová S., Hornok S., Hubálek Z., Doležálková I., Juřicová Z., Rudolf I.: Serological survey of domestic animals for tick-borne encephalitis and Bhanja viruses in northeastern Hungary, Veterinary Microbiology 135 (2009) 267-271.


Halouzka J., Juřicová Z., Janková J., Hubálek Z.: Serologic survey of wild boars for mosquito-borne viruses in South Moravia (Czech Republic), Veterinární medicína 53 (2008) 266-271.

Hubálek Z., Čapek M.: Migration distance and the effect of North Atlantic Oscillation on the spring arrival of birds in Central Europe, Folia zoologica 57 (2008) 212-220.

Hubálek Z.: Mosquito-borne viruses in Europe, Parasitology Research 103 (2008) .

Hubálek Z., Wegner E., Halouzka J., Tryjanowski P., Jerzak L., Šikutová S., Rudolf I., Kruszewicz A. G., Jaworski Z., Włodarczyk R.: Serologic survey of potential vertebrate hosts for West Nile Virus in Poland, Viral Immunology 21 (2008) 247-254.

Hubálek Z., Halouzka J., Juřicová Z., Šikutová S., Rudolf I., Honza M., Janková J., Chytil J., Marec F., Sitko J.: Serologic survey of birds for West Nile Flavivirus in Southern Moravia (Czech Republic), Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 8 (2008) 659-666.

Meister T., Lussy H., Bakonyi T., Šikutová S., Rudolf I., Vogl W., Winkler H., Frey H., Hubálek Z., Nowotny N., Weissenböck H.: Serological evidence of continuing high Usutu virus (Flaviviridae) activity and establishment of herd immunity in wild birds in Austria, Veterinary Microbiology 127 (2008) 237-248.

Randolph S. E., Asokliene L., Avsic-Zupanc T., Bormane A., Burri C., Gern L., Golovljova I., Hubálek Z., Knap N., Kondrusik M., Kupca A., Pejčoch M., Vasilenko V., Žygutiene M.: Variable spikes in tick-borne encephalitis incidence in 2006 independent of variable tick abundance but related to weather, Parasites & Vectors 1 (2008) 1-18.

Rudolf I., Hubálek Z., Šikutová S., Švec P.: Opomíjené virové infekce přenášené hematofágními členovci v České republice, Epidemiologie, Mikrobiologie, Imunologie (2008) 80-89.

Scholz H. C., Hubálek Z., Sedláček I., Vergnaud G., Tomaso H., Al Dahouk S., Melzer F., Kämpfer P., Neubauer H., Cloeckaert A., Maquart M., Zygmunt M. S., Whatmore A. M., Falsen E., Bahn P., Göllner C., Pfeffer M., Huber B., Busse H.-J., Nöckler K.: Brucella microti sp. nov., isolated from the common vole Microtus arvalis, International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology 58 (2008) 375-382.

Scholz H. C., Hubálek Z., Nesvadbová J., Tomaso H., Vergnaud G., Le Fleche P., Whatmore A. M., Al Dahouk S., Krüger M., Lodri C., Pfeffer M.: Isolation of Brucella microti from soil, Emerging Infectious Diseases 14 (2008) 1316-1317.

Šumilo D., Bormane A., Asokliene L., Vasilenko V., Golovljova I., Avsic-Zupanc T., Hubálek Z., Randolph S. E.: Socio-economic factors in the differential upsurge of tick-borne encephalitis in Central and Eastern Europe, Reviews in Medical Virology 18 (2008) 81-95.