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One health, multiple challenges: The inter-species transmission of influenza A virus.
Erasmus MC, Netherlands;University of Queensland, Australia.
Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
Erasmus MC, Netherlands.
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2015 (English)In: One Health, ISSN 2352-7714, Vol. 1, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Influenza A viruses are amongst the most challenging viruses that threaten both human and animal health. Influenza A viruses are unique in many ways. Firstly, they are unique in the diversity of host species that they infect. This includes waterfowl (the original reservoir), terrestrial and aquatic poultry, swine, humans, horses, dog, cats, whales, seals and several other mammalian species. Secondly, they are unique in their capacity to evolve and adapt, following crossing the species barrier, in order to replicate and spread to other individuals within the new species. Finally, they are unique in the frequency of inter-species transmission events that occur. Indeed, the consequences of novel influenza virus strain in an immunologically naïve population can be devastating. The problems that influenza A viruses present for human and animal health are numerous. For example, influenza A viruses in humans represent a major economic and disease burden, whilst the poultry industry has suffered colossal damage due to repeated outbreaks of highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses. This review aims to provide a comprehensive overview of influenza A viruses by shedding light on interspecies virus transmission and summarising the current knowledge regarding how influenza viruses can adapt to a new host.

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Elsevier, 2015. Vol. 1, p. 1-13
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Ecology, Zoonotic Ecology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-75817DOI: 10.1016/j.onehlt.2015.03.001PubMedID: 26309905OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-75817DiVA, id: diva2:1218298
Available from: 2018-06-14 Created: 2018-06-14 Last updated: 2018-06-14Bibliographically approved

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