Interspecies transmission of influenza viruses: H5N1 virus and a Hong KongSAR perspective

Citation
Kf. Shortridge et al., Interspecies transmission of influenza viruses: H5N1 virus and a Hong KongSAR perspective, VET MICROB, 74(1-2), 2000, pp. 141-147
Citations number
21
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Veterinary Medicine/Animal Health",Microbiology
Journal title
VETERINARY MICROBIOLOGY
ISSN journal
0378-1135 → ACNP
Volume
74
Issue
1-2
Year of publication
2000
Pages
141 - 147
Database
ISI
SICI code
0378-1135(20000522)74:1-2<141:ITOIVH>2.0.ZU;2-B
Abstract
This account takes stock of events and involvements, particularly on the av ian side of the influenza H5N1 'bird flu' incident in Hong Kong SAR in 1997 , It highlights the role of the chicken in the many live poultry markets as the source of the virus for humans. The slaughter of chicken and other pou ltry across the SAR seemingly averted an influenza pandemic. This perspecti ve from Hong Kong SAR marks the: coming-of-age of acceptance of the role of avian hosts as a source of pandemic human influenza viruses and offers the prospect of providing a good baseline for influenza pandemic preparedness in the future. Improved surveillance is the key. This is illustrated throug h the H9N2 virus which appears to have provided the 'replicating' genes for the H5N1 virus and which has since been isolated in the SAR from poultry, pigs and humans highlighting its propensity for interspecies transmission. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved.