Highly pathogenic #avian #influenza viruses #H5N2, #H5N3, and #H5N8 in #Taiwan in 2015 (Vet Microbiol., abstract)

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Vet Microbiol. 2016 May 1;187:50-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.03.012. Epub 2016 Mar 19.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses H5N2, H5N3, and H5N8 in Taiwan in 2015.

Lee MS1, Chen LH1, Chen YP1, Liu YP1, Li WC1, Lin YL1, Lee F2.

Author information: 1Animal Health Research Institute, 376 Chung-Cheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 25158, Taiwan. 2Animal Health Research Institute, 376 Chung-Cheng Road, Tamsui District, New Taipei City 25158, Taiwan. Electronic address: fanlee@mail.nvri.gov.tw.



A severe epidemic, affecting mainly goose populations, broke out in early January 2015. The causative agents were identified as novel H5 avian influenza viruses carrying N2, N3, and N8 subtypes of the neuraminidase gene. From January 8 to February 11, 766 waterfowl and poultry farms were invaded by the H5 viruses, and more than 2.2 million geese died or were culled. Phylogenetic analysis suggested that these avian influenza viruses derived from the H5 viruses of clade which were emerging in 2014 in East Asia, West Europe, and North America.

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KEYWORDS: Avian influenza; Goose; Subtype H5; Taiwan

PMID: 27066708 DOI: 10.1016/j.vetmic.2016.03.012

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Keywords: Avian Influenza; H5N2; H5N2; H5N8; Poultry; Taiwan.


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