Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, September 5th, 2006
According to a study from People's Republic of China, "Influenza A viruses are usually nonpathogenic in wild aquatic birds, their natural reservoir. However, from May to July 2005, at Qinghai Lake in China, an unprecedented outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus caused the death of thousands of wild migratory waterbirds.
"Herein, H5N1 influenza virus from bar-headed geese collected during the outbreak was characterized. Genomic analysis showed that A/Bar-headed Goose/Oinghai/0510/05 (Bh H5N1 virus) is a reassortant virus."
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