, Volume 13, Issue 2, pp 410–414 | Cite as

Proposed Surveillance for Influenza A in Feral Pigs

  • Antonia E. Dalziel
  • Heidi A. Peck
  • Aeron C. Hurt
  • Julie Cooke
  • Phillip Cassey
Short Communication


Pigs carry receptors for both avian- and human-adapted influenza viruses and have previously been proposed as a mixing and amplification vessel for influenza. Until now, there has been no investigation of influenza A viruses within feral pigs in Australia. We collected samples from feral pigs in Ramsar listed wetlands of South Australia and demonstrated positive antibodies to influenza A viruses. We propose feral pigs, and their control programs, as an available resource for future surveillance for influenza A viruses.


Influenza A Feral pigs Australia 



The Melbourne WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health. PC was an ARC Future Fellow (FT0914420), and this work was supported by the ARC Discovery Grant (DP140102319).

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The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonia E. Dalziel
    • 1
  • Heidi A. Peck
    • 2
  • Aeron C. Hurt
    • 2
  • Julie Cooke
    • 3
  • Phillip Cassey
    • 1
  1. 1.Benham Laboratories, School of Biological SciencesUniversity of AdelaideAdelaideAustralia
  2. 2.World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on InfluenzaVIDRL, at the Peter Doherty InstituteMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Diagnostic and Surveillance Response Laboratory, Australian Animal Health LaboratoryCSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation)GeelongAustralia

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