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Genetic Characterization of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses Isolated from Falcated Ducks and Environmental Water in Japan in November 2020

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Joint Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
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United Graduate School of Veterinary Science, Yamaguchi University, Yamaguchi 753-8511, Japan
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Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Zagazig University, 44511 Zagazig, Egypt
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Joint Graduate School of Veterinary Medicine, Kagoshima University, Kagoshima 890-0065, Japan
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Kagoshima Crane Conservation Committee, Izumi, Kagoshima 899-0208, Japan
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Pathogens 2021, 10(2), 171; https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10020171
Received: 26 December 2020 / Revised: 1 February 2021 / Accepted: 3 February 2021 / Published: 4 February 2021
(This article belongs to the Section Viral Pathogens)
We isolated two highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses (HPAIVs) of subtype H5N8 clade 2.3.4.4b from falcated duck (Anas falcata) feces and environmental water collected at an overwintering site in Japan. Our isolates were almost genetically identical to each other and showed high genetic similarity with H5N8 HPAIVs recently isolated in South Korea, a distant part of Japan, and European countries. These results suggest the potential role of falcated ducks in the dissemination of HPAIVs. View Full-Text
Keywords: highly pathogenic avian influenza virus; H5N8; falcated duck highly pathogenic avian influenza virus; H5N8; falcated duck
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Khalil, A.M.; Fujimoto, Y.; Kojima, I.; Esaki, M.; Ri, K.; Masatani, T.; Matsui, T.; Ozawa, M. Genetic Characterization of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses Isolated from Falcated Ducks and Environmental Water in Japan in November 2020. Pathogens 2021, 10, 171. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10020171

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Khalil AM, Fujimoto Y, Kojima I, Esaki M, Ri K, Masatani T, Matsui T, Ozawa M. Genetic Characterization of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses Isolated from Falcated Ducks and Environmental Water in Japan in November 2020. Pathogens. 2021; 10(2):171. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10020171

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Khalil, Ahmed Magdy, Yoshikazu Fujimoto, Isshu Kojima, Mana Esaki, Kyonha Ri, Tatsunori Masatani, Tsutomu Matsui, and Makoto Ozawa. 2021. "Genetic Characterization of H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Viruses Isolated from Falcated Ducks and Environmental Water in Japan in November 2020" Pathogens 10, no. 2: 171. https://doi.org/10.3390/pathogens10020171

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