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Ecohealth. 2016 Jun;13(2):410-4. doi: 10.1007/s10393-016-1126-8. Epub 2016 May 12.

Proposed Surveillance for Influenza A in Feral Pigs.

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1
Benham Laboratories, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5005, Australia. antonia.dalziel@adelaide.edu.au.
2
World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, VIDRL, at the Peter Doherty Institute, Melbourne, VIC, 3000, Australia.
3
Diagnostic and Surveillance Response Laboratory, Australian Animal Health Laboratory, CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation), Geelong, VIC, 3220, Australia.
4
Benham Laboratories, School of Biological Sciences, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA, 5005, Australia.

Abstract

Pigs carry receptors for both avian- and human-adapted influenza viruses and have previously been proposed as a mixing and amplification vessel for influenza. Until now, there has been no investigation of influenza A viruses within feral pigs in Australia. We collected samples from feral pigs in Ramsar listed wetlands of South Australia and demonstrated positive antibodies to influenza A viruses. We propose feral pigs, and their control programs, as an available resource for future surveillance for influenza A viruses.

KEYWORDS:

Australia; Feral pigs; Influenza A

PMID:
27174429
DOI:
10.1007/s10393-016-1126-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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