Highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus in smuggled Thai eagles, Belgium.

Last updated on 22-8-2019 by Anonymous (not verified)

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Abstract:

We report the isolation and characterization of a highly pathogenic avian influenza A/H5N1 virus from Crested Hawk-Eagles smuggled into Europe by air travel. A screening performed in human and avian contacts indicated no dissemination occurred. Illegal movements of birds are a major threat for the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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