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Mounting evidence for the presence of influenza A virus in the avifauna of the Antarctic region
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2006 (English)In: Antarctic Science, ISSN 0954-1020, E-ISSN 1365-2079, Vol. 18, no 3, 353-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
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Penguin blood samples collected at Bird Island, sub-Antarctic South Georgia, and faecal samples taken from penguins at several localities along the Antarctic Peninsula were analysed in order to investigate if influenza A virus is present in penguin populations in the South Atlantic Antarctic region. Serology was performed on the blood samples while the faecal samples were screened by a RT-PCR method directed at the matrix protein gene for determining the presence of influenza A virus. All faecal samples were negative by PCR, but the blood samples gave serologic indications that influenza A virus is present amongst these penguin species, confirming previous studies, although the virus has still not been isolated from any bird in the Antarctic region.

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New York: Cambridge University Press, 2006. Vol. 18, no 3, 353-356 p.
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avian influenza, RT-PCR, serology, sub-Antarctica
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-119382DOI: 10.1017/S095410200600040XISI: 000240606500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-119382DiVA: diva2:928581
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