Infectious Diseases 2007

Infectious Diseases 2007

UK: Final confirmation of avian influenza virus strain

14 February, 2007

Laboratory analysis of the Suffolk and Hungary H5N1 avian influenza viruses were completed.
The Veterinary Laboratory Agency (VLA) analysis has revealed a very high similarity (99.96%) between the H5N1 viruses found in Suffolk and the Hungarian outbreaks at the whole genome level. These results indicate that the viruses are essentially identical.
The comparison between the UK and Hungarian viruses reveals a high level of genetic match which cannot be said of other European virus strains (Defra). IVPI is 3.00