Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) Virus Subclade 2.3.4.4h in Swans, Xinjiang, Western China, 2020.

Outbreaks of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N6) Virus Subclade 2.3.4.4h in Swans, Xinjiang, Western China, 2020. Emerg Infect Dis. 2020 Oct 08;26(12): Authors: Li Y, Li M, Li Y, Tian J, Bai X, Yang C, Shi J, Ai R, Chen W, Zhang W, Li J, Kong Y, Guan Y, Chen H Abstract In January 2020, the subclade 2.3.4.4h of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N6) virus infected migratory whooper swans and mute swans in Xinjiang, western China. The virus is lethal to chickens and ducks but has low pathogenicity in mice. Antigenically, this subclade is similar to the H5N1 vaccine seed virus Re-11. PMID: 33030424 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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