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J Wildl Dis. 2012 Oct;48(4):910-7. doi: 10.7589/2011-02-052.

Avian Influenza infections in nonmigrant land birds in Andean Peru.

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Biodiversity Institute, 1345 Jayhawk Blvd., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas 66045, USA. ricw.ku@gmail.com

Abstract

As part of ongoing surveillance for avian influenza viruses (AIV) in Peruvian birds, in June 2008, we sampled 600 land birds of 177 species, using real-time reverse-transcription PCR. We addressed the assumption that AIV prevalence is low or nil among land birds, a hypodiesis that was not supported by the results-rather, we found AIV infections at relatively high prevalences in birds of the orders Apodiformes (hummingbirds) and Passeriformes (songbirds). Surveillance programs for monitoring spread and identification of AIV should thus not focus solely on water birds.

PMID:
23060492
DOI:
10.7589/2011-02-052
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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