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Virus Genes

, Volume 35, Issue 3, pp 497-502

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

  • Shimon PerkAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute
  • , Caroline Banet-NoachAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute
  • , Natalia GolenderAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute
  • , Lubov SimanovAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute
  • , Ezra RozenblutAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute
  • , Sagit NagarAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute
  • , Shimon PokamunskiAffiliated withPoultry Veterinary Services
  • , Michael PirakAffiliated withPoultry Veterinary Services
  • , Yevgenii TendlerAffiliated withRambam Medical Center
    • , Maricarmen GarcíaAffiliated withPoultry Diagnostic and Research Center, College of Veterinary Medicine, The University of Georgia
    • , Alexander PanshinAffiliated withDivision of Avian and Aquatic Diseases, Kimron Veterinary Institute Email author 

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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 virus Hemagglutinin Neuraminidase Phylogenetic analysis