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Assessing the Role of Seabirds in the Ecology of Influenza A Viruses

Overview of attention for article published in Avian Diseases, May 2016
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Assessing the Role of Seabirds in the Ecology of Influenza A Viruses
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Avian Diseases, May 2016
DOI 10.1637/11135-050815-regr
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Lang, Andrew S, Lebarbenchon, Camille, Ramey, Andrew M, Robertson, Gregory J, Waldenström, Jonas, Wille, Michelle, Andrew S. Lang


Wild waterbirds, specifically waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds, are recognized as the primordial reservoir of influenza A viruses (IAVs). However, the role of seabirds, an abundant, diverse, and globally distributed group of birds, in the perpetuation and transmission of IAVs is less clear. Here we summarize published and publicly available data for influenza viruses in seabirds, which for the purposes of this study are defined as birds that exhibit a largely or exclusively pelagic lifestyle and exclude waterfowl, gulls, and shorebirds, and we review this collective dataset to assess the role of seabirds in the influenza A ecology. Since 1961, more than 40,000 samples have been collected worldwide from the seabirds considered here and screened, using a variety of techniques, for evidence of active or past IAV infection. From these data, the overall prevalence of active infection has been estimated to be very low; however, serological data provide evidence that some seabird species are more frequently exposed to IAVs. Sequence data for viruses from seabirds are limited, except for murres (common murre, Uria aalge, and thick-billed murre, Uria lomvia; family Alcidae) for which there are full or partial genome sequences available for more than 80 viruses. Characterization of these viruses suggests that murres are infected with Group 1 hemagglutinin subtype viruses more frequently as compared to Group 2 and also indicates that these northern, circumpolar birds are frequently infected by intercontinental reassortant viruses. Greater temporal and spatial sampling and characterization of additional viruses are required to better understand the role of seabirds in global IAV dynamics.

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Unknown 28 100%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 7 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 6 21%
Student > Master 5 18%
Professor > Associate Professor 4 14%
Unspecified 3 11%
Other 3 11%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 7 25%
Unspecified 5 18%
Immunology and Microbiology 4 14%
Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine 4 14%
Medicine and Dentistry 3 11%
Other 5 18%

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