#Genetic Characterization of #Avian #Influenza A(#H5N6) Virus Clade, #Russia, 2018 (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

[Source: US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]

Volume 25, Number 12—December 2019 / Research Letter

Genetic Characterization of Avian Influenza A(H5N6) Virus Clade, Russia, 2018

Ivan Susloparov  , Natalia Goncharova, Natalia Kolosova, Alexey Danilenko, Vasiliy Marchenko, Galina Onkhonova, Vasiliy Evseenko, Elena Gavrilova, Rinat A. Maksutov, and Alexander Ryzhikov

Author affiliations: State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology Vector, Koltsovo, Russia



Timely identification of pandemic influenza threats depends on monitoring for highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. We isolated highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N6) virus clade, genotype G1.1, in samples from a bird in southwest Russia. The virus has high homology to human H5N6 influenza strains isolated from southeast China.

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H5N6; Wild Birds; Russia; China.


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I am an Italian blogger, active since 2005 with main focus on emerging infectious diseases such as avian influenza, SARS, antibiotics resistance, and many other global Health issues. Other fields of interest are: climate change, global warming, geological and biological sciences. My activity consists mainly in collection and analysis of news, public services updates, confronting sources and making decision about what are the 'signals' of an impending crisis (an outbreak, for example). When a signal is detected, I follow traces during the entire course of an event. I started in 2005 my blog ''A TIME'S MEMORY'', now with more than 40,000 posts and 3 millions of web interactions. Subsequently I added an Italian Language blog, then discontinued because of very low traffic and interest. I contributed for seven years to a public forum (FluTrackers.com) in the midst of the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, I left the site to continue alone my data tracking job.