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Swarm incursions of reassortants of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus strains H5N8 and H5N5, clade 2.3.4.4b, Germany, winter 2016/17

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  • Swarm incursions of reassortants of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus strains H5N8 and H5N5, clade 2.3.4.4b, Germany, winter 2016/17

    Sci Rep. 2018 Jan 8;8(1):15. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-16936-8.
    Swarm incursions of reassortants of highly pathogenic avian influenza virus strains H5N8 and H5N5, clade 2.3.4.4b, Germany, winter 2016/17.

    Pohlmann A1, Starick E1, Grund C1, Höper D1, Strebelow G1, Globig A2, Staubach C2, Conraths FJ2, Mettenleiter TC3, Harder T4, Beer M1.
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    Abstract

    The outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5Nx viruses in winter 2016/2017 was the most severe HPAI epizootic ever reported in Germany. The H5N8 and H5N5 viruses detected in birds in Germany in 2016/2017 represent a reassortant swarm of at least five distinct genotypes, which carried closely related HA segments derived from clade 2.3.4.4b. The genotypes of these viruses and their spatio-temporal distribution indicated a unique situation with multiple independent entries of HPAIV into Germany.


    PMID: 29311555 PMCID: PMC5758748 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-16936-8
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