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Proc Biol Sci. 2006 Jul 22;273(1595):1729-32.

Avian influenza H5N1 in viverrids: implications for wildlife health and conservation.

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  • 1Centre for Ecology, Evolution and Conservation, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK.

Abstract

The Asian countries chronically infected with avian influenza A H5N1 are 'global hotspots' for biodiversity conservation in terms of species diversity, endemism and levels of threat. Since 2003, avian influenza A H5N1 viruses have naturally infected and killed a range of wild bird species, four felid species and a mustelid. Here, we report fatal disseminated H5N1 infection in a globally threatened viverrid, the Owston's civet, in Vietnam, highlighting the risk that avian influenza H5N1 poses to mammalian and avian biodiversity across its expanding geographic range.

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