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August 05, 2005

Highly pathogenic H5N1 influenza virus in smuggled Thai eagles, Belgium.

Emerg Infect Dis. 2005 May; 11(5): 702-5
Van Borm S, Thomas I, Hanquet G, Lambrecht B, Boschmans M, Dupont G, Decaestecker M, Snacken R, van den Berg T

We report the isolation and characterization of a highly pathogenic avian influenza A/H5N1 virus from Crested Hawk-Eagles smuggled into Europe by air travel. A screening performed in human and avian contacts indicated no dissemination occurred. Illegal movements of birds are a major threat for the introduction of highly pathogenic avian influenza.

Posted by dymaxion at August 5, 2005 02:31 PM

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