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Emerg Infect Dis. 2009 Mar;15(3):445-7. doi: 10.3201/eid1503.081161.

Introduction into Nigeria of a distinct genotype of avian influenza virus (H5N1).

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Molecular Biology Laboratory of the National and The World Organization for Animal Health/FAO Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease and Avian Influenza, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Legnaro, Padova, Italy.

Abstract

Genetic characterization of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (H5N1) isolated in July 2008 in Nigeria indicates that a distinct genotype, never before detected in Africa, reached the continent. Phylogenetic analysis showed that the viruses are genetically closely related to European and Middle Eastern influenza A (H5N1) isolates detected in 2007.

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19239760
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PMC2681125
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10.3201/eid1503.081161
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