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1 September 2011 Isolation and Identification of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus Subtype H5N1 from Emus from the Ein Gedi Oasis by the Dead Sea
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An avian influenza virus (AIV), A/Emu/Israel/552/2010/ (H5N1), was isolated from a dead emu that was found in the Ein Gedi oasis near the Dead Sea. The virus molecular characterization was performed by reverse transcriptase–polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) and real-time RT-PCR using AIV subtype-specific primers. The virus was of high pathogenicity, according to its intravenous pathogenicity index of 2.85 and the nucleotide sequencing at the cleavage site of the hemagglutinin gene, GERRRKKR, which is typical for highly pathogenic chicken influenza A viruses.

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Inbar Amnon, Irina Shkoda, Ekaterina Lapin, Israel Raibstein, Ezra Rosenbluth, Sagit Nagar, Shimon Perk, Michel Bellaiche, and Irit Davidson "Isolation and Identification of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus Subtype H5N1 from Emus from the Ein Gedi Oasis by the Dead Sea," Avian Diseases 55(3), 499-502, (1 September 2011). https://doi.org/10.1637/9607-120510-Case.1
Received: 7 December 2010; Accepted: 1 April 2011; Published: 1 September 2011
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