A novel #reassortant #influenza A (#H1N1) virus #infection in #swine in #Shandong Province, eastern #China (Transbound Emerg Dis., abstract)

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Transbound Emerg Dis. 2019 Sep 19. doi: 10.1111/tbed.13360. [Epub ahead of print]

A novel reassortant influenza A (H1N1) virus infection in swine in Shandong Province, eastern China.

Yu Z1,2,3, Cheng K4, He H5, Wu J1,2,3.

Author information: 1 Poultry Institute, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jinan, 250023, China. 2 Shandong Provincial Key Laboratory of Poultry Diseases Diagnosis and Immunology. 3 Poultry Breeding Engineering Technology Center of Shandong Province. 4 Dairy Cattle Research Center, Shandong Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Jinan, 250132, China. 5 College of Life Sciences, Shandong Normal University, Jinan, 250014, China.

 

Abstract

Influenza A (H1N1) viruses are distributed worldwide and pose a threat to public health. Swine, as a natural host and mixing vessel of influenza A (H1N1) virus, play a critical role in the transmission of this virus to humans. Furthermore, swine influenza A (H1N1) viruses have provided all eight genes or some genes to the genomes of influenza strains that historically have caused human pandemics. Hence, persistent surveillance of influenza A (H1N1) virus in swine herds could contribute to the prevention and control of this virus. Here, we report a novel reassortant influenza A (H1N1) virus generated by reassortment between 2009 pandemic H1N1 viruses and swine viruses. We also found that this virus is prevalent in swine herds in Shandong Province, eastern China. Our findings suggest that surveillance of the emergence of the novel reassortant influenza A (H1N1) virus in swine is imperative.

© 2019 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

KEYWORDS: H1N1; human; influenza; reassortant; swine

PMID: 31535780 DOI: 10.1111/tbed.13360

Keywords: Seasonal Influenza; Swine Influenza; H1N1; H1N1pdm09; Pigs; Reassortant strain; Shandong; China.

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Delayed #peak of #human #infections and ongoing #reassortment of #H7N9 #avian #influenza virus in the newly affected western #Chineses provinces during Wave Five (Int J Infect Dis., abstract)

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Int J Infect Dis. 2019 Sep 6. pii: S1201-9712(19)30363-7. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2019.09.002. [Epub ahead of print]

Delayed peak of human infections and ongoing reassortment of H7N9 avian influenza virus in the newly affected western Chineses provinces during Wave Five.

Li J1, Chen C2, Wei J3, Huang H2, Peng Y2, Bi Y3, Liu Y4, Yang Y5.

Author information: 1 School of Public Health (Shenzhen), Sun Yat-sen University, Shenzhen, China. 2 Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Immunity, State Key Discipline of Infectious Disease, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Second Hospital Affiliated to Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518112, China. 3 Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Immunity, State Key Discipline of Infectious Disease, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Second Hospital Affiliated to Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518112, China; CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Disease, Institute of Microbiology, Center for Influenza Research and Early-warning (CASCIRE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, China. 4 Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Immunity, State Key Discipline of Infectious Disease, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Second Hospital Affiliated to Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518112, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences Medical School, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 101408, China. Electronic address: yingxialiu@hotmail.com. 5 Shenzhen Key Laboratory of Pathogen and Immunity, State Key Discipline of Infectious Disease, Shenzhen Third People’s Hospital, Second Hospital Affiliated to Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, 518112, China; CAS Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology, Collaborative Innovation Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Disease, Institute of Microbiology, Center for Influenza Research and Early-warning (CASCIRE), Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, 100101, China. Electronic address: yyszth2018@163.com.

 

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

Eight additional provinces in western China reported human infections for the first time during the fifth wave of human H7N9 infections. Our study aimed to analyze the epidemiological and virological characteristics of this outbreak.

METHODS:

The epidemiological data of H7N9 cases from the newly affected western Chinese provinces were collected and analyzed. Meanwhile, full-length genome sequences of H7N9 virus were downloaded from GenBank and GISAID databases, and phylogenetic, genotyping and genetic analyses were conducted.

RESULTS:

The peak of human infections in the newly affected western Chinese provinces was delayed by 4 months compared to the eastern China, and both low pathogenic (LP) and highly pathogenic (HP) H7N9 infected cases were found. The LP- and HP-H7N9 virus belonged to 10 different genotypes (including 4 new genotypes), of which G11 and G3 were the dominant genotypes, respectively. Almost all of these viruses originated from eastern and southern China, and were most possibly imported from neighboring provinces. Genetic characteristics of the circulating viruses were similar with the viruses from previously affected provinces during Wave Five.

CONCLUSION:

A delayed peak of human infections was observed in the newly affected western Chinese provinces, and reassortment has been ongoing since the introduction of H7N9 viruses. Our study highlights the importance of continued surveillance of the circulation and evolution of H7N9 virus in western China.

Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

KEYWORDS: H7N9; Reassortment; Wave Five; Western dissemination; avian influenza virus (AIV)

PMID: 31499209 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2019.09.002

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H7N9; Human; China; Reassortant strain.

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#H3N2 #avian #influenza viruses detected in live #poultry #markets in #China bind to #human-type #receptors and transmit in guinea pigs and ferrets (Emerg Microbes Infect., abstract)

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Emerg Microbes Infect. 2019;8(1):1280-1290. doi: 10.1080/22221751.2019.1660590.

H3N2 avian influenza viruses detected in live poultry markets in China bind to human-type receptors and transmit in guinea pigs and ferrets.

Guan L1, Shi J1, Kong X1, Ma S1, Zhang Y1, Yin X1, He X1, Liu L1, Suzuki Y2, Li C1, Deng G1, Chen H1.

Author information: 1 State Key Laboratory of Veterinary Biotechnology, Harbin Veterinary Research Institute, CAAS , Harbin , People’s Republic of China. 2 College of Life and Health Sciences, Chubu University , Aichi , Japan.

 

Abstract

The H3N2 influenza viruses became widespread in humans during the 1968 H3N2 pandemic and have been a major cause of influenza epidemics ever since. Different lineages of H3N2 influenza viruses are also commonly found in animals. If a different lineage of H3N2 virus jumps to humans, a human influenza pandemic could occur with devastating consequences. Here, we studied the genetics, receptor-binding properties, and replication and transmission in mammals of 15 H3N2 avian influenza viruses detected in live poultry markets in China. We found that the H3N2 avian influenza viruses are complicated reassortants with distinct replication phenotypes in mice. Five viruses replicated efficiently in mice and bound to both human-type and avian-type receptors. These viruses transmitted efficiently to direct-contact guinea pigs, and three of them also transmitted among guinea pigs and ferrets via respiratory droplets. Moreover, ferret antiserum induced by human H3N2 viruses did not react with any of the H3N2 avian influenza viruses. Our study demonstrates that the H3N2 avian influenza viruses pose a clear threat to human health and emphasizes the need for continued surveillance and evaluation of the H3N2 influenza viruses circulating in nature.

KEYWORDS: Avian influenza virus; H3N2; ferret; guinea pig; transmission

PMID: 31495283 DOI: 10.1080/22221751.2019.1660590

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H3N2; Reassortant strain; Poultry; Live poultry markets; China.

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#Genetic Characterization and #Zoonotic Potential of Highly Pathogenic #Avian #Influenza Virus A( #H5N6 / #H5N5), #Germany, 2017–2018 (Emerg Infect Dis., abstract)

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Volume 25, Number 10—October 2019 / Dispatch

Genetic Characterization and Zoonotic Potential of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus A(H5N6/H5N5), Germany, 2017–2018

Anne Pohlmann1, Donata Hoffmann1, Christian Grund, Susanne Koethe, Daniela Hüssy, Simone M. Meier, Jacqueline King, Jan Schinköthe, Reiner Ulrich, Timm Harder, and Martin Beer

Author affiliations: Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald-Insel Riems, Germany (A. Pohlmann, D. Hoffmann, C. Grund, S. Koethe, J. King, J. Schinköthe, R. Ulrich, T. Harder, M. Beer); Institute of Virology and Immunology, Mittelhäusern, Switzerland (D. Hüssy); Vetsuisse Faculty Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland (S.M. Meier)

 

Abstract

We genetically characterized highly pathogenic avian influenza virus A(H5N6) clade 2.3.4.4b isolates found in Germany in 2017–2018 and assessed pathogenicity of representative H5N5 and H5N6 viruses in ferrets. These viruses had low pathogenicity; however, continued characterization of related isolates is warranted because of their high potential for reassortment.

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H5N5; H5N6; Animal models; Germany.

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A study of the #relationship between #human #infection with #avian #influenza a (#H5N6) and environmental avian influenza viruses in #Fujian, #China (BMC Infect Dis., abstract)

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BMC Infect Dis. 2019 Sep 2;19(1):762. doi: 10.1186/s12879-019-4145-6.

A study of the relationship between human infection with avian influenza a (H5N6) and environmental avian influenza viruses in Fujian, China.

Chen P1, Xie JF1,2, Lin Q2, Zhao L2, Zhang YH2, Chen HB2, Weng YW1,2, Huang Z2, Zheng KC3,4.

Author information: 1 College of Public Health, Fujian Medical University, No. 88, Jiaotong Road, Taijiang District, Fuzhou, 350000, China. 2 Fujian Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Zoonosis Research, Fuzhou, 350001, China. 3 College of Public Health, Fujian Medical University, No. 88, Jiaotong Road, Taijiang District, Fuzhou, 350000, China. kingdadi9909@126.com. 4 Fujian Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Fujian Provincial Key Laboratory of Zoonosis Research, Fuzhou, 350001, China. kingdadi9909@126.com.

 

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Avian influenza A (H5N6) virus poses a great threat to the human health since it is capable to cross the species barrier and infect humans. Although human infections are believed to largely originate from poultry contaminations, the transmissibility is unclear and only limited information was available on poultry environment contaminations, especially in Fujian Province.

METHODS:

A total of 4901 environmental samples were collected and tested for Avian Influenza Virus (AIV) from six cities in Fujian Province through the Fujian Influenza Surveillance System from 2013 to 2017. Two patient-related samples were taken from Fujian’s first confirmed H5N6 human case and his backyard chicken feces in 2017. Chi-square test or Fisher’s exact probability test was used to compare the AIV and the viral subtype positive rates among samples from different Surveillance cities, surveillance sites, sample types, and seasons. Phylogenetic tree analysis and molecular analysis were conducted to track the viral transmission route of the human infection and to map out the evolutions of H5N6 in Fujian.

RESULTS:

The overall positive rate of the H5 subtype AIVs was 4.24% (208/4903). There were distinctive differences (p < 0.05) in the positive rates in samples from different cities, sample sites, sample types and seasons. The viruses from the patient and his backyard chicken feces shared high homologies (99.9-100%) in all the eight gene segments. Phylogenetic trees also showed that these two H5N6 viruses were closely related to each other, and were classified into the same genetic clade 2.3.4.4 with another six H5N6 isolates from the environmental samples. The patient’s H5N6 virus carried genes from H6N6, H5N8 and H5N6 viruses originated from different areas. The R294K or N294S substitution was not detected in the neuraminidase (NA). The S31 N substitution in the matrix2 (M2) gene was detected but only in one strain from the environmental samples.

CONCLUSIONS:

The H5 subtype of AIVs has started circulating in the poultry environments in Fujian Province. The patient’s viral strain originated from the chicken feces in his backyard. Genetic reassortment in H5N6 viruses in Fujian Province was indicated. The H5N6 viruses currently circulating in Fujian Province were still commonly sensitive to Oseltamivir and Zanamivir, but the resistance against Amantadine has emerged.

KEYWORDS: Avian influenza a (H5N6) virus; Environmental contamination; Phylogenetic analysis

PMID: 31477028 DOI: 10.1186/s12879-019-4145-6

Keywords: Antivirals; Drugs Resistance; Oseltamivir; Zanamivir; Amantadine; H5N6; H6N6; H5N8; Reassortant strain; Avian Influenza; Human; Fujian; China.

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Novel #reassortant #H7N2 originating from the #H7N9 highly pathogenic #avian #influenza viruses in #China, 2019 (J Infect., abstract)

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J Infect. 2019 Aug 29. pii: S0163-4453(19)30256-7. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2019.08.016. [Epub ahead of print]

Novel reassortant H7N2 originating from the H7N9 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses in China, 2019.

Qiu Y1, Sun R2, Hou G2, Yu X2, Li Y2, Li J2, Zhang Q1, Zou F1, Liu H2, Jiang W3.

Author information: 1 Guangdong Key Laboratory of Animal Conservation and Resource Utilization, Guangdong Public Laboratory of Wild Animal Conservation and Utilization, Guangdong Institute of Applied Biological Resources, Guangzhou, China. 2 China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, Qingdao, China. 3 China Animal Health and Epidemiology Center, Qingdao, China. Electronic address: civcul@163.com.

 

Abstract

In March 2013, the first human case of zoonotic H7N9 avian influenza virus (AIV) infection was reported in China. This virus has been circulating in domestic poultry in China while mutating to highly pathogenic AIV (HPAIV) since 2017, which caused human infections and poultry outbreaks. In 2019, a novel reassortant H7N2 HPAIV, A/chicken/China/SJZ1/2019(SJZ1), was isolated from H7-Re2-vaccinated layers. We analyzed the genetic, pathogenic, and antigenic characteristics of SJZ1. Analysis of the entire SJZ1 genomic sequence revealed that it comprised at least two different sources; the PB2, PB1, PA, HA (H7), M, and NS segments of SJZ1 were directly derived from H7N9 AIVs, whereas the NA (N2) and NP segments of SJZ1 were derived from H9N2 AIVs. Experimental infection revealed that SJZ1 was highly pathogenic in chickens but not in ducks. SJZ1 was shed from and replicated in chickens and ducks. Hemagglutination-inhibition assay and challenge test indicated that SJZ1 exhibited rapid antigenic drift and distinct antigenicity relative to the H7-Re2 vaccine strain, which provides poor protection for SJZ1. Our study reports the emergence of a new reassortant of H7N2 AIV with novel viral characteristics and warns of the challenge we still face to control the zoonotic H7N9 AIVs and their reassortants.

Copyright © 2019. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

KEYWORDS: Antigenic drift; Chickens; Ducks; H7N2; H7N9; Pathogenicity

PMID: 31473272 DOI: 10.1016/j.jinf.2019.08.016

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H7N9; H7N2; H9N2; Reassortant Strain; Poultry; Vaccines; China.

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Complete #genome #sequence of a novel #reassortant #H3N3 #avian #influenza virus (Arch Virol., abstract)

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Arch Virol. 2019 Aug 27. doi: 10.1007/s00705-019-04386-8. [Epub ahead of print]

Complete genome sequence of a novel reassortant H3N3 avian influenza virus.

Le TB1,2, Kim HK3, Le HY1,2, Jeong MC1,2, Kim IK4, Jeong DG5,6, Yoon SW7,8.

Author information: 1 Infectious Disease Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Daejeon, 34141, South Korea. 2 University of Science and Technology (UST), Daejeon, 34113, South Korea. 3 Chungbuk National University, Cheongju, 28644, South Korea. 4 Korea Institute of Environment Ecology, Daejeon, 34016, South Korea. 5 Infectious Disease Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Daejeon, 34141, South Korea. dgjeong@kribb.re.kr. 6 University of Science and Technology (UST), Daejeon, 34113, South Korea. dgjeong@kribb.re.kr. 7 Infectious Disease Research Center, Korea Research Institute of Bioscience & Biotechnology, Daejeon, 34141, South Korea. syoon@kribb.re.kr. 8 University of Science and Technology (UST), Daejeon, 34113, South Korea. syoon@kribb.re.kr.

 

Abstract

Aquatic birds are known to be a reservoir for the most common influenza A viruses (IAVs). In the annual surveillance program, we collected the feces of migratory birds for the detection of IAVs in South Korea in November 2016. A novel reassorted H3N3 avian influenza virus (AIV) containing genes from viruses of wild and domestic birds was identified and named A/aquatic bird/South Korea/sw006/2016(H3N3). The polymerase basic 2 (PB2) and non-structural (NS) genes of this isolate are most closely related to those of wild-bird-origin AIV, while the polymerase basic 1 (PB1), polymerase acidic (PA), hemagglutinin (HA), nucleoprotein (NP), neuraminidase (NA), and matrix (M) genes are most closely related to those of domestic-bird-origin AIV. A/aquatic bird/South Korea/sw006/2016 contains PA, NP, M, and NS genes were most closely related to those of AIV subtype H4 and PB2, PB1, and HA genes that are most closely related to those of AIV subtype H3N8, while the NA gene was most closely related to those of subtype H10, which was recently detected in humans in China. These results suggest that novel reassortment of AIV strains occurred due to interaction between wild and domestic birds. Hence, we emphasize the need for continued surveillance of avian influenza virus in bird populations.

PMID: 31456087 DOI: 10.1007/s00705-019-04386-8

Keywords: Avian Influenza; H3N3; H4; H10; H3N8; Wild Birds; S. Korea; Reassortant strain.

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