This chapter describes the characteristics, pathogenicity and epidemiology of the highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 virus spreading from Asia throughout Middle East, Europe, and Africa. Obstacles to eradication are discussed as well as the pandemic potential of highly pathogenic strains that scare scientists and public health agencies. The emergence and spread of highly pathogenic H5N1 virus highlights the need to monitor the circulation of influenza A viruses in a wide range of species.
|Title of host publication||BSL3 and BSL4 Agents|
|Subtitle of host publication||Epidemiology, Microbiology, and Practical Guidelines|
|Number of pages||28|
|Publication status||Published - 17 Apr 2012|
- Avian influenza virus