[Source: International Journal of Infectious Diseases, full page: (LINK). Abstract, edited.]
Int J Infect Dis. 2018 Oct;75:49-51. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2018.08.002. Epub 2018 Aug 7.
Serosurveillance of avian influenza A/H5N6 virus infection in poultry farmers, Gyeonggi Province, Republic of Korea, 2016-2017.
Ryu S1, Kim CK2, Kim K3, Woo SH2, Chun BC4.
Author information: 1 Division of Infectious Disease Control, Gyeonggi Provincial Government, Suwon, Republic of Korea; Department of Epidemiology and Health Informatics, Graduate School of Public Health, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Electronic address: firstname.lastname@example.org. 2 Division of Viral Diseases, Center for Laboratory Control of Infectious Diseases, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Republic of Korea. 3 Division of Viral Diseases Research, Center for Infectious Diseases Research, Korea National Institute of Health, Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Cheongju, Republic of Korea. 4 Department of Epidemiology and Health Informatics, Graduate School of Public Health, Korea University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Department of Preventive Medicine, Korea University College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
Between November 20, 2016 and April 17, 2017, outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) A/H5N6 occurred on poultry farms in Gyeonggi Province in the Republic of Korea. A serosurvey was conducted among poultry farmers to identify the transmission of HPAI A/H5N6 virus to humans.
A descriptive study of 870 poultry farmers in Gyeonggi Province in Korea was conducted during the 2016-2017 outbreaks. Serological testing was performed using a microneutralization (MN) assay for antibodies against influenza A/duck/ES2/Korea/2016 virus, which has antigenic properties similar to those of the HPAI A/H5N6 virus that caused this poultry outbreak.
Overall, 523 exposed poultry farmers were assessed by serological testing. Consequently, all tested negative for HPAI A/H5N6 virus via MN assay.
Based on serological assays, no transmission of HPAI A/H5N6 to humans was identified in this study cohort. Additional studies should be conducted to determine the possibility of poultry-to-human transmission of HPAI A/H5N6.
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KEYWORDS: Avian influenza; H5N6; Korea; Poultry; Transmission
PMID: 30096358 DOI: 10.1016/j.ijid.2018.08.002
Keywords: Avian Influenza; H5N6; Human; Serosurveys; S. Korea.