Introduction of #Avian #Influenza A(#H6N5) Virus into #Asia from North #America by #WildBirds (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 11—November 2019 / Research Letter

Introduction of Avian Influenza A(H6N5) Virus into Asia from North America by Wild Birds

Sol Jeong, Dong-Hun Lee  , Yu-Jin Kim, Sun-Hak Lee, Andrew Y. Cho, Jin-Yong Noh1, Erdene-Ochir Tseren-Ochir2, Jei-Hyun Jeong, and Chang-Seon Song

Author affiliations: University of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA (S. Jeong, D.-H. Lee); Konkuk University, Seoul, South Korea (S. Jeong, Y.-J. Kim, S.-H. Lee, A.Y. Cho, J.-Y. Noh, E.-O. Tseren-Ochir, J.-H. Jeong, C.-S. Song)



An avian influenza A(H6N5) virus with all 8 segments of North American origin was isolated from wild bird feces in South Korea. Phylogenetic analysis suggests that this virus may have been introduced into Asia by wild birds, highlighting the role of wild birds in the dispersal of these viruses.

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H6N5; Wild Birds; Asia Region.