Diversity of avian influenza

April 2006
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/11/2006, Vol. 174 Issue 8, p1080
Academic Journal
The article reports on the discovery of the presence of H5N1 viruses in healthy poultry and migratory waterfowl in southern China by Robert Webster and colleagues. The viruses are endemic and they had 4 distinct genotypes. According to Webster's group, this genetic diversity makes the region a potential source of the virus. Their findings imply the need to expand influenza surveillance to both healthy birds and genetic variants of viruses in different geographic locations.


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