Extended Viral Shedding of a Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus by Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)

  title={Extended Viral Shedding of a Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus by Striped Skunks (Mephitis mephitis)},
  author={J Jeffrey Root and Susan A Shriner and Kevin T. Bentler and Thomas L Gidlewski and Nicole L. Mooers and Jeremy W. Ellis and Terry R Spraker and Kaci K. Vandalen and Heather J. Sullivan and Alan B Franklin},
  booktitle={PloS one},
BACKGROUND Striped skunks (Mephitis mephitis) are susceptible to infection with some influenza A viruses. However, the viral shedding capability of this peri-domestic mammal and its potential role in influenza A virus ecology are largely undetermined. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS Striped skunks were experimentally infected with a low pathogenic (LP) H4N6 avian influenza virus (AIV) and monitored for 20 days post infection (DPI). All of the skunks exposed to H4N6 AIV shed large quantities of… CONTINUE READING
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