Wild Ducks as Long-Distance Vectors of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1)

@article{Keawcharoen2008WildDA,
  title={Wild Ducks as Long-Distance Vectors of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus (H5N1)},
  author={Juthatip Keawcharoen and Debby van Riel and Geert van Amerongen and Theo M. Bestebroer and WalterE. P. Beyer and Rob F van Lavieren and Albert Osterhaus and Ron A M Fouchier and Thijs Kuiken},
  journal={Emerging Infectious Diseases},
  year={2008},
  volume={14},
  pages={600 - 607}
}
Wild birds have been implicated in the expansion of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (H5N1) outbreaks across Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Africa (in addition to traditional transmission by infected poultry, contaminated equipment, and people). Such a role would require wild birds to excrete virus in the absence of debilitating disease. By experimentally infecting wild ducks, we found that tufted ducks, Eurasian pochards, and mallards excreted significantly more virus than common… CONTINUE READING

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