Mounting evidence for the presence of influenza A virus in the avifauna of the Antarctic region
2006 (English)In: Antarctic Science, ISSN 0954-1020, Vol. 18, no 3, 353-356 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Penguin blood samples collected at Bird Island, sub-Antarctic South Georgia, and faecal samples taken from penguins at several localities along the Antarctic Peninsula were analysed in order to investigate if influenza A virus is present in penguin populations in the South Atlantic Antarctic region. Serology was performed on the blood samples while the faecal samples were screened by a RT-PCR method directed at the matrix protein gene for determining the presence of influenza A virus. All faecal samples were negative by PCR, but the blood samples gave serologic indications that influenza A virus is present amongst these penguin species, confirming previous studies, although the virus has still not been isolated from any bird in the Antarctic region. © Antarctic Science Ltd.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2006. Vol. 18, no 3, 353-356 p.
Avian influenza, RT-PCR, Serology, Sub-Antarctica
National CategoryMedical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-50155DOI: 10.1017/S095410200600040XOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-50155DiVA: diva2:271051