Influenza a viruses in american white pelican (pelecanus erythrorhynchos)

Camille Lebarbenchon, Srinand Sreevatsan, Muthannan A. Ramakrishnan, Rebecca Poulson, Virginia Goekjian, Jon J. Di Matteo, Benjamin Wilcox, David E. Stallknecht

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Abstract

The role of many wild waterbird species in the ecology and epidemiology of avian influenza viruses (AIV) remains unclear. We report the first isolation of AIV from American White Pelicans (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos; Pelecaniformes) in North America. Two H13N9 AIVs were isolated from hatchling birds in breeding colonies in Minnesota, USA, during 2007 and 2008. Based on molecular sequencing of the hemagglutinin and neuraminidase genes, the 2008 virus was genetically related to ATVs previously isolated from gulls and shorebirds in North America. The 2007 isolate was most related to AIVs from Eurasian gulls and North American ducks, reflecting both global movement of these viruses and reassortment between viruses associated with duck and gull reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1284-1289
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of wildlife diseases
Volume46
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2010

Keywords

  • Avian influenza
  • H13N9
  • Minnesota
  • Pelecaniformes
  • Reassortment

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    Lebarbenchon, C., Sreevatsan, S., Ramakrishnan, M. A., Poulson, R., Goekjian, V., Di Matteo, J. J., Wilcox, B., & Stallknecht, D. E. (2010). Influenza a viruses in american white pelican (pelecanus erythrorhynchos). Journal of wildlife diseases, 46(4), 1284-1289. https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-46.4.1284