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1 October 2010 Influenza A Viruses in American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)
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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 erythror-hynchos; 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 neur-aminidase genes, the 2008 virus was genetically related to AIVs 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.

Camille Lebarbenchon, Srinand Sreevatsan, Muthannan A. Ramakrishnan, Rebecca Poulson, Virginia Goekjian, Jon J. Di Matteo, Benjamin Wilcox, and David E. Stallknecht "Influenza A Viruses in American White Pelican (Pelecanus erythrorhynchos)," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 46(4), 1284-1289, (1 October 2010). https://doi.org/10.7589/0090-3558-46.4.1284
Received: 2 February 2010; Accepted: 1 May 2010; Published: 1 October 2010
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