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PLoS One. 2016 Jan 19;11(1):e0146059. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0146059. eCollection 2016.

The Genetic Diversity of Influenza A Viruses in Wild Birds in Peru.

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1
Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, United States of America.
2
Virology and Emerging Infections Department, United States Naval Medical Research Unit No. 6, Callao, Peru.
3
Marie Bashir Institute for Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
4
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, United States of America.
5
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, School of Veterinary Medicine, San Borja, Lima, Peru.
6
Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.

Abstract

Our understanding of the global ecology of avian influenza A viruses (AIVs) is impeded by historically low levels of viral surveillance in Latin America. Through sampling and whole-genome sequencing of 31 AIVs from wild birds in Peru, we identified 10 HA subtypes (H1-H4, H6-H7, H10-H13) and 8 NA subtypes (N1-N3, N5-N9). The majority of Peruvian AIVs were closely related to AIVs found in North America. However, unusual reassortants, including a H13 virus containing a PA segment related to extremely divergent Argentinian viruses, suggest that substantial AIV diversity circulates undetected throughout South America.

PMID:
26784331
PMCID:
PMC4718589
DOI:
10.1371/journal.pone.0146059
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