Virus Genes

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 497–502

Molecular characterization of the glycoprotein genes of H5N1 influenza A viruses isolated in Israel and the Gaza Strip during 2006 outbreaks

Authors

  • Shimon Perk
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
  • Caroline Banet-Noach
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
  • Natalia Golender
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
  • Lubov Simanov
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
  • Ezra Rozenblut
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
  • Sagit Nagar
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
  • Shimon Pokamunski
    • Poultry Veterinary Services
  • Michael Pirak
    • Poultry Veterinary Services
  • Yevgenii Tendler
    • Rambam Medical Center
  • Maricarmen García
    • Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary MedicineThe University of Georgia
    • Division of Avian and Aquatic DiseasesKimron Veterinary Institute
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s11262-007-0120-1

Cite this article as:
Perk, S., Banet-Noach, C., Golender, N. et al. Virus Genes (2007) 35: 497. doi:10.1007/s11262-007-0120-1

Abstract

Highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza A viruses (AIV) have caused outbreaks among domestic poultry and wild aquatic birds in many Asian, European, and African countries since 1997. In March 2006 an avian H5N1 influenza A virus was isolated from poultry in Israel. In the present study we molecularly characterized the hemagglutinin (HA) and neuraminidase (NA) genes of eleven H5N1 viruses isolated from domestic poultry in Israel and Gaza in March–April 2006. Phylogenetic analysis of the HA and NA genes showed that the Israeli and Gazian viruses were closely related to viruses isolated in Egypt in 2006.

Keywords

H5N1 avian influenza virusHemagglutininNeuraminidasePhylogenetic analysis

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