New genotype of avian influenza H5N1 viruses isolated from tree sparrows in China.

  title={New genotype of avian influenza H5N1 viruses isolated from tree sparrows in China.},
  author={Zheng Kou and Fu Min Lei and J Yu and Zhang Jianqing Fan and Zhi H Yin and Chao Xiang Jia and Ke Xiong and Y. Henry Sun and Xin Wei Zhang and Xian Meng Wu and Xibo Gao and Tao Xing Li},
  journal={Journal of virology},
  volume={79 24},
The 2004 outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 disease in China led to a great poultry loss and society attention. A survey of avian influenza viruses was conducted on tree sparrows (Passer montanus) collected in China in 2004. Four viruses were isolated from free-living tree sparrows. The results of the whole-genome analysis indicated that an H5N1 virus with a new genotype is circulating among tree sparrows. The hemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes of the new genotype were… CONTINUE READING


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