Lethality and molecular characterization of an HPAI H5N1 virus isolated from eagles smuggled from Thailand into Europe.

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On October 18, 2004, two crested hawk eagles, Spizaetus nipalensis, smuggled into Europe from Thailand were seized at Brussels International Airport. A highly pathogenic avian influenza virus, denominated A/crested eagle/Belgium/0½004, was isolated from these birds and antigenically characterized as H5N1. Here we report on the molecular characterization of A/crested eagle/Belgium/0½004 (H5N1). We completely sequenced all eight genome segments. The hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) sequences clustered within the Z genotype and were closely related to strains circulating in Thaila…

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