H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus isolated from conjunctiva of a whooper swan with neurological signs
Author(s)Bui, Vuong N.; Ogawa, Haruko; Ngo, Lai H.; Baatartsogt, Tugsbaatar; Abao, Lary N. B.; Tamaki, Shio; Saito, Keisuke; Watanabe, Yukiko; Runstadler, Jonathan; Imai, Kunitoshi; ... Show more Show less
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An H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus was isolated from conjunctiva of a whooper swan with neurological signs, which was captured during the latest H5N1 HPAI outbreak in Japan. The conjunctival swab contained a larger amount of the virus in comparison with the tracheal swab. This is the first report on H5N1 virus isolation from the conjunctiva of a wild bird, and the result may suggest the conjunctival swab to be a critical sample for H5N1 HPAIV detection in waterfowl. Phylogenetic analysis of the HA gene indicated that the virus falls into H5N1 clade 188.8.131.52.
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Biological Engineering
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Bui, Vuong N., Haruko Ogawa, Lai H. Ngo, Tugsbaatar Baatartsogt, Lary N. B. Abao, Shio Tamaki, Keisuke Saito, Yukiko Watanabe, Jonathan Runstadler, and Kunitoshi Imai. "H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza virus isolated from conjunctiva of a whooper swan with neurological signs." Archives of Virology 158:2 (February 2013), pp. 451-455.
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