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

Volume 22, Number 12—December 2016 / Letter

Avian Influenza Virus H5 Strain with North American and Eurasian Lineage Genes in an Antarctic Penguin


To the Editor:

Previous studies have reported avian influenza virus (AIV)–positive serum samples obtained from Adélie (Pygoscelis adeliae), chinstrap (Pygoscelis antarcticus), and gentoo (Pygoscelis papua) penguins (1–4). Only recently was an H11N2 subtype virus isolated from Adélie penguins in Antarctica (5). We performed AIV surveillance in the Antarctic Peninsula to identify the strains currently circulating in different penguins species in this area.



Suggested citation for this article: Barriga GP, Boric-Bargetto D, Cortez-San Martin M, Neira V, van Bakel H, et al. Avian influenza virus H5 strain with North American and Eurasian lineage genes in an Antarctic penguin [letter]. Emerg Infect Dis. 2016 Dec [date cited]. http://dx.doi.org/10.3201/eid2212.161076

DOI: 10.3201/eid2212.161076

Keywords: Research; Abstracts; Avian Influenza; H5; Penguins; Antarctica.