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1 October 2012 AVIAN INFLUENZA INFECTIONS IN NONMIGRANT LAND BIRDS IN ANDEAN PERU
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As part of ongoing surveillance for avian influenza viruses (AIV) in Peruvian birds, in June 2008, we sampled 600 land birds of 177 species, using real-time reverse-transcription PCR. We addressed the assumption that AIV prevalence is low or nil among land birds, a hypothesis that was not supported by the results—rather, we found AIV infections at relatively high prevalences in birds of the orders Apodiformes (hummingbirds) and Passeriformes (songbirds). Surveillance programs for monitoring spread and identification of AIV should thus not focus solely on water birds.
Richard A. J. Williams, Karen Segovia-Hinostroza, Bruno M. Ghersi, Victor Gonzaga, A. Townsend Peterson and Joel M. Montgomery "AVIAN INFLUENZA INFECTIONS IN NONMIGRANT LAND BIRDS IN ANDEAN PERU," Journal of Wildlife Diseases 48(4), (1 October 2012). https://doi.org/10.7589/2011-02-052
Received: 21 February 2011; Accepted: 1 June 2012; Published: 1 October 2012
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