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Reassortant highly pathogenic influenza a H5N2 virus containing gene segments related to eurasian H5N8 in British Columbia, Canada, 2014

Pasick, John, Berhane, Yohannes, Joseph, Tomy, Bowes, Victoria, Hisanaga, Tamiko, Handel, Katherine and Alexandersen, Soren 2015, Reassortant highly pathogenic influenza a H5N2 virus containing gene segments related to eurasian H5N8 in British Columbia, Canada, 2014, Scientific reports, vol. 5, Article Number : 9484, pp. 1-4, doi: 10.1038/srep09484.

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Title Reassortant highly pathogenic influenza a H5N2 virus containing gene segments related to eurasian H5N8 in British Columbia, Canada, 2014
Author(s) Pasick, John
Berhane, Yohannes
Joseph, Tomy
Bowes, Victoria
Hisanaga, Tamiko
Handel, Katherine
Alexandersen, SorenORCID iD for Alexandersen, Soren orcid.org/0000-0002-5039-3178
Journal name Scientific reports
Volume number 5
Season Article Number : 9484
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2015
ISSN 2045-2322
Summary In late November 2014 higher than normal death losses in a meat turkey and chicken broiler breeder farm in the Fraser Valley of British Columbia initiated a diagnostic investigation that led to the discovery of a novel reassortant highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N2 virus. This virus, composed of 5 gene segments (PB2, PA, HA, M and NS) related to Eurasian HPAI H5N8 and the remaining gene segments (PB1, NP and NA) related to North American lineage waterfowl viruses, represents the first HPAI outbreak in North American poultry due to a virus with Eurasian lineage genes. Since its first appearance in Korea in January 2014, HPAI H5N8 spread to Western Europe in November 2014. These European outbreaks happened to temporally coincide with migratory waterfowl movements. The fact that the British Columbia outbreaks also occurred at a time associated with increased migratory waterfowl activity along with reports by the USA of a wholly Eurasian H5N8 virus detected in wild birds in Washington State, strongly suggest that migratory waterfowl were responsible for bringing Eurasian H5N8 to North America where it subsequently reassorted with indigenous viruses.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/srep09484
Field of Research 070712 Veterinary Virology
Socio Economic Objective 920120 Zoonoses
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2015, Nature Publishing Group
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30078679

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