Genetic Diversity of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza A(H5N8/H5N5) Viruses in Italy, 2016-17.
Research paper by
Alice A Fusaro, Isabella I Monne, Paolo P Mulatti, Bianca B Zecchin, Lebana L Bonfanti, Silvia S Ormelli, Adelaide A Milani, Krizia K Cecchettin, Philippe P Lemey, Ana A Moreno, Paola P Massi, Tiziano T Dorotea, Stefano S Marangon, Calogero C Terregino
In winter 2016-17, highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N8) and A(H5N5) viruses of clade 18.104.22.168 were identified in wild and domestic birds in Italy. We report the occurrence of multiple introductions and describe the identification in Europe of 2 novel genotypes, generated through multiple reassortment events.