Water birds are considered the reservoir for avian influenza viruses. We examined this assumption by sampling and real-time reverse transcription-PCR testing of 939 Asian land birds of 153 species. Influenza A infection was found, particularly among migratory species. Surveillance programs for monitoring spread of these viruses need to be redesigned.
|Title||Influenza A virus infections in land birds, People's Republic of China|
|Authors||A.T. Peterson, S.E. Bush, Erica Spackman, D.E. Swayne, Hon S. Ip|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Emerging Infectious Diseases|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||National Wildlife Health Center|